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Evaluation of a multi-component group exercise program for adults with arthritis: Fitness and Exercise for People with Arthritis (FEPA).
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PMID:  23021743     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Research supports the favorable effects of exercise on physical and psychosocial outcomes in those with arthritis. Few easily disseminated, multi-component, arthritis-specific programs have been evaluated using both physical function and psychosocial measures. Fitness and Exercise for People with Arthritis (FEPA) is a new community-based, 3-month, instructor supervised multi-component exercise program for individuals with arthritis designed to increase strength, flexibility, balance, and aerobic conditioning, while emphasizing joint-protection and proper biomechanics.
PURPOSE: To conduct a preliminary evaluation of the effects of the FEPA program on physical function and arthritis-related outcomes in individuals with arthritis.
METHOD: Middle-aged (n = 31, M(age) = 54.8 ± 7.2) and older (n = 79, M(age) = 76.0 ± 6.6) adults with arthritis completed the instructor led FEPA program in community senior centers, churches, and adult education settings. Changes in physical function, measured using the arm curl, back-scratch test, 8-foot up-and-go, and 6 min walk and self-reported arthritis-related pain, perceived physical function, affect, and self-efficacy for symptom management were assessed using RM ANOVA.
RESULTS: Significant improvements (ps < .05) in all physical function measures were found in the older group. In the middle-aged group, significant improvements (ps < .05) were found in the 8-foot up-and-go and 6 min walk. Self-reported physical function, pain perceptions, and self-efficacy for pain management significantly improved (ps < .05) in middle-aged participants, while only self-reported pain perceptions significantly improved in the older group.
CONCLUSIONS: FEPA shows promise for improving health-related outcomes in those with arthritis, and has potential for sustainability in community settings.
Susan S Levy; Caroline A Macera; Jennifer M Hootman; Karen J Coleman; Ruby Lopez; Jeanne F Nichols; Simon J Marshall; Barbara A Ainsworth; Ming Ji
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-09-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disability and health journal     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1936-6574     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Health J     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101306633     Medline TA:  Disabil Health J     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  305-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
San Diego State University, School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-7251, USA. Electronic address:
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