Sedentary behaviour in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: A qualitative study

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BACKGROUND: Despite increasing interest in investigating sedentary behaviour (SB) in the general population and in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there is little documentation of the subjective experiences of SB in patients with RA. This study aimed to examine how patients with RA describe their daily SB.

METHODS: Fifteen patients with RA (10 women and 5 men) from 23 to 73 years of age and with a disease duration ranging from 4 to 27 years were interviewed following a semi-structured interview guide. Data were analysed using the content analysis method described by Graneheim.

RESULTS: SB appeared in three categories covering: 1) A constant battle between good and bad days; SB could be a consequence of RA in terms of days with pronounced pain and fatigue resulting in many hours of SB. 2) Adaptation to everyday life; living with the unpredictability of RA included constant modification of physical activity level causing increase in SB, especially during periods of disease flare. Prioritizing and planning of SB also functioned as part of self-management strategies. 3) It has nothing to do with my arthritis; for some patients, SB was not related to RA, but simply reflected a way of living independent of the disease.

CONCLUSIONS: SB is perceived, motivated, and performed differently in patients with RA. An individually tailored approach may be essential in understanding and encouraging patients' motivation towards sustainable change in SB and activity patterns.

Original languageEnglish
Article number28578
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • Adult, Aged, Arthritis, Rheumatoid, Denmark, Fatigue, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Pain, Qualitative Research, Sedentary Lifestyle, Surveys and Questionnaires, Young Adult

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