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A qualitative study of fitness instructors' experiences leading an exercise program for children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19916825     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Children with arthritis face challenges when they try to increase their physical activity. The study's objective was to identify elements of a successful community-based exercise program for children with arthritis by investigating the perspectives of fitness instructors who led the program. This qualitative study used a phenomenological approach. Four fitness instructors participated in individual interviews. Themes were developed through inductive analytic methods. Three main themes were identified: (a) children with arthritis require encouragement and guidance throughout the program from fitness instructors who understand their arthritis, and support from parents and peers; (b) children need help to overcome their negative perceptions about exercise; and (c) exercise program participation can launch the adoption of a more active lifestyle. Pediatric physiotherapists can encourage the establishment of successful exercise programs for children with arthritis in nonmedical or community environments through the formation of supportive, education-based partnerships with community-based fitness instructors.
Carolyn E Hutzal; F Virginia Wright; Samantha Stephens; Jane Schneiderman-Walker; Brian M Feldman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical & occupational therapy in pediatrics     Volume:  29     ISSN:  1541-3144     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Occup Ther Pediatr     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-17     Completed Date:  2010-02-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109120     Medline TA:  Phys Occup Ther Pediatr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  409-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Arthritis, Juvenile Rheumatoid / psychology,  rehabilitation*
Breathing Exercises
Exercise Therapy* / adverse effects,  psychology
Pain Measurement
Grant Support
//Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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