Use of Physical Activity Monitors in Rheumatic Populations
Purpose of Review
The purpose of this review paper is to provide an overview of the recent research using physical activity monitors in rheumatic populations including those with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and fibromyalgia.
Recent research demonstrates increased use of physical activity monitors in these populations, especially in those with osteoarthritis. Results from cross-sectional, longitudinal, and intervention studies highlight that physical activity levels are below recommended guidelines, yet evidence suggests benefits such as improving pain, fatigue, function, and overall well-being.
While the use of physical activity monitors in rheumatic populations is increasing, more research is needed to better understand physical activity levels in these populations, the effects of activity on relevant clinical outcomes, and how monitors can be used to help more individuals reach physical activity guidelines.
KeywordsPhysical activity Technology Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Systemic lupus erythematosus Fibromyalgia
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Conflict of Interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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