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Evaluation of Walk With Ease in Arthritis (WWE)

This study has been completed.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Identifier:
First received: September 6, 2007
Last updated: March 23, 2011
Last verified: March 2011
The overall goal of this study is to determine the whether the Walk with Ease (WWE) program in its 2 version (group-assisted and self-directed) can increase physical activity and fitness levels among individuals (18 years and older) with arthritis over the long-term. Participants will be approximately 657 subjects from 20-24 rural and urban communities across North Carolina. It is expected that participants in the WWE program will have reduced pain, improved function and increased activity levels after participation in this 6-week program.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: Walk with Ease - Group
Behavioral: Walk with Ease - Self
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of the Walk With Ease Program Among People With Arthritis

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Further study details as provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical Activity Level [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
  • 6-minute walk [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
  • Walking behaviors [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
  • Exercise self-efficacy [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Health-related Quality of Life (SF36)
  • Health Assessment Questionnaire
  • Arthritis Symptoms
  • Senior Fitness Test (function)

Enrollment: 468
Study Start Date: October 2007
Study Completion Date: January 2010
Primary Completion Date: January 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Group WWE
Subjects will participate in a group-assisted 6 week WWE program.
Behavioral: Walk with Ease - Group
Participate in 6-week, 1 hour per week group assisted classes (with instructor).
Experimental: Self-directed
Subjects will follow the self-directed WWE program.
Behavioral: Walk with Ease - Self
SUbject will receive the WWE workbook and follow it without group/instructor assistance.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Self-reported, doctor-diagnosed arthritis
  • Ages 18+

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Non-English speaking
  • Severe impairment of physical or mental function
  • Co-existing condition for which exercise is contraindicated
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00526435

United States, North Carolina
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States, 27599
Sponsors and Collaborators
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Study Director: Jennifer M Hootman, PhD Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principal Investigator: Leigh F Callahan, PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  More Information Identifier: NCT00526435     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDC-NCCDPHP-AAMC-0975
Study First Received: September 6, 2007
Last Updated: March 23, 2011

Keywords provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
rheumatoid arthritis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on May 22, 2017