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Rheumatology (Oxford). 2015 Mar;54(3):413-23. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keu333. Epub 2014 Sep 3.

Exercise and physical activity in older adults with knee pain: a mixed methods study.

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1
Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University, Keele, UK. m.holden@keele.ac.uk.
2
Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Keele University, Keele, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe and explore current exercise and physical activity behaviour in older adults with knee pain in the UK.

METHODS:

A survey was mailed to 2234 adults ≥50 years of age registered with one general practice within the UK to determine the presence and severity of knee pain and levels of physical activity. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 22 questionnaire responders with knee pain.

RESULTS:

The questionnaire response rate was 59% (n = 1276) and 611 respondents reported knee pain. Only ∼40% of individuals with knee pain were sufficiently active to meet physical activity recommendations. Interviews revealed individual differences in the type and setting of physical activity completed and some self-monitored their symptoms in response to physical activity in order to guide future behaviour.

CONCLUSION:

Innovative interventions that can be adapted to suit individual needs and preferences are required to help older adults with knee pain become more physically active.

KEYWORDS:

exercise; knee pain; mixed methods; older adults; physical activity; qualitative; quantitative

PMID:
25187640
PMCID:
PMC4334683
DOI:
10.1093/rheumatology/keu333
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