Objectives To compare self-reported levels of physical activity (PA) of systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients with the general population. To evaluate in SSc patients factors associated with PA levels and needs and preferences regarding PA. Methods Fifty nine SSc patients completed the Short QUestionnaire to ASsess Health-Enhancing PA. The proportion of patients meeting the Dutch Recommendation for PA (= moderate PA for 30 min on ≥ 5 days/week) and total minutes of PA per week were calculated and compared with similar data from the Dutch population. Characteristics were univariately and multivariately compared between patients with low and high PA levels (either ≤ or > mean minutes/week of the Dutch population). Needs and preferences regarding PA promotion and guidance related to exercise were assessed by questionnaires. Results Stratified for age (< 55 or ≥ 55 years) and gender, the proportion SSc patients meeting the Dutch recommenda- tion for PA was not significantly different from the Dutch population. The total minutes of PA per week was significantly lower among SSc patients (1704 vs. 2614, P < 0.001). Multivariable analyses showed that in SSc patients the male gender, scleroderma health assessment questionnaire (SHAQ) and lack of energy were significantly associated with lower PA levels (P =
Rheumatology International – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 18, 2017
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