Use of Physical Activity Monitors in Rheumatic Populations

  • Christine A. PellegriniEmail author
  • Sara M. Powell
  • Nicholas Mook
  • Katherine DeVivo
  • Linda Ehrlich-Jones
Chronic Pain (R Staud, Section Editor)
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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 Findings

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.


Physical 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.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine A. Pellegrini
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sara M. Powell
    • 2
  • Nicholas Mook
    • 2
  • Katherine DeVivo
    • 2
  • Linda Ehrlich-Jones
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Exercise ScienceUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Exercise ScienceUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.Shirley Ryan Ability LaboratoryCenter for Rehabilitation Outcomes ResearchChicagoUSA

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