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The relationship between quality of life and aerobic fitness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
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PMID:  19340515     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Aerobic fitness is among the various aspects of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients' lives that may deteriorate as a result of the disease and, in doing so, influence patient attitudes toward their own general health. This cross-sectional study examined (1) relationships between patients' aerobic fitness and general health perceptions, (2) relationships between functional aerobic impairment and general health perceptions, (3) the impact of body mass index (BMI) on RA patients' cardiopulmonary functioning. Sixty-six RA patients (ten male and 56 female adults) participated in this study. Following maximum graded exercise tolerance testing to determine their subsequent aerobic fitness, they completed a version of the World Health Organization Quality of Life brief form (WHOQOL-BREF, short form) questionnaire. The one sample t test determined differences between the RA group and the reference data. We used Spearman's correlation analyses to assess the associations between variables of the WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire and patients' aerobic fitness. VO(2 peak) was on average 92.00% +/- 13.37% and 77.93% +/- 20.24% of that predicted for age-matched men and women, respectively. The female patients' BMI was significantly lower than that of the reference data (P < 0.0001). Spearman's correlation coefficient demonstrated a significant association between WHOQOL-BREF scores and VO(2 peak) in the physical (P = 0.002; mobility, work) and psychological (P = 0.009; self-esteem, body image, and negative feelings) domains for the female patients. It also demonstrated a significant association between the WHOQOL-BREF scores and functional aerobic impairment in the physical (P = 0.006; energy, mobility, activity), psychological (P = 0.008; self-esteem and body images), and environment (P = 0.035; finance, service) domains for the female patients. Our results indicated that impaired aerobic fitness, combined with poor physical and psychological well-being, influenced midlife transition in Taiwanese RA women.
Chia-Ling Chang; Cheng-Ming Chiu; Su-Ying Hung; Si-Huei Lee; Chang-Shun Lee; Chi-Ming Huang; Chen-Liang Chou
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-04-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical rheumatology     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1434-9949     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Rheumatol.     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-06     Completed Date:  2009-07-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211469     Medline TA:  Clin Rheumatol     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  685-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, 5F., No. 201, Sec. 2, Shihpai Rd., Beitou District, Taipei, 112, Taiwan, Republic of China.
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MeSH Terms
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / ethnology,  physiopathology*,  psychology*
Body Mass Index
Cardiovascular Physiological Phenomena
Cross-Sectional Studies
Exercise / physiology*,  psychology*
Health Surveys
Middle Aged
Models, Biological
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Physical Fitness / physiology*,  psychology*
Quality of Life / psychology*
Respiratory Physiological Phenomena
Self Concept
World Health Organization

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