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A survey of physiotherapists' current management and the promotion of physical activity, in people with rheumatoid arthritis

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dc.contributor.author McKenna, Sean
dc.contributor.author Kelly, Grainne
dc.contributor.author Kennedy, Norelee
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-11T11:12:58Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-11T11:12:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation McKenna, S., Kelly, G. & Kennedy N. (2019) 'A survey of physiotherapists’ current management and the promotion of physical activity, in people with rheumatoid arthritis', Disability and Rehabilitation, 41(18), 2183-2191. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7881 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/7881
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose: Establishing physiotherapists’ management of people with rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to their promotion of physical activity, is important to ascertain if there are educational needs in this area. Materials and Methods: Physiotherapists from three Irish Chartered Physiotherapy clinical interest groups (N=457) were invited to participate in a cross-sectional online questionnaire hosted on SurveyMonkey(R)TM. Results: One hundred and sixty-eight (168/457; 37%) responded. Exercise prescription and education were the most frequent treatments, with 84% always/regularly providing same. Physical activity is a component of treatment with 52% always/regularly advising. In addition, 69% agree that physical activity is attainable, 68% safe and 67% an important goal. However, 62% never recommend the appropriate guidelines, while 14% define physical activity according to frequently used definitions. There was a statistically significant association between longer years qualified and more years working with people with RA, when using guidelines to guide physical activity and exercise prescription. Low-intensity exercises were prescribed by however, 67% never provide high-intensity. Conclusions: Current practice is in line with guidelines in which, exercise therapy and education are considered as the mainstay. Promotion of physical activity is strong; however, two-thirds never recommend the appropriate guidelines, and only a minority defined physical activity correctly. The majority never prescribe high-intensity exercise. There is a need to develop education and training for physiotherapists in the promotion of physical activity in people with rheumatoid arthritis. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Disability and Rehabilitation; 41/ 18
dc.subject exercise en_US
dc.subject inflammatory arthritis en_US
dc.subject health professional en_US
dc.subject guidelines en_US
dc.subject survey en_US
dc.title A survey of physiotherapists' current management and the promotion of physical activity, in people with rheumatoid arthritis en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/09638288.2018.1461258
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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