Health Benefits of an Exercise Program for Adults With Arthritis

This study has been completed.
University of North Carolina
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First received: September 2, 2005
Last updated: December 8, 2005
Last verified: September 2005

September 2, 2005
December 8, 2005
July 2003
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  • Visual Analog Scale pain level at baseline, 2, 3 and 6 months
  • Self-reported physical function (Health Assessment Questionnaire) at baseline, and 2, 3 and 6 months
  • Measured function (6 minute walk, 360 deg turn, walking speed and timed chair stands, 10 lb lift) at baseline and 2 months
  • Physical activity level (Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly : PASE) at baseline, 2, 3 and 6 months
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00146393 on Archive Site
  • Visual analog scale fatigue
  • Visual analog scale stiffness
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Self-efficacy Scale (RASE)
  • Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D)
  • Outcomes Expectations for Exercise (OEE)
  • COnfidence Self-efficacy (CSE)
  • Rheumatology Attitudes Index (RAI)
  • Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia (TSK)
Same as current
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Health Benefits of an Exercise Program for Adults With Arthritis
Evaluation of People With Arthritis Can Exercise

The primary goal of this study is to assess the effect of People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE), a community-based group recreational exercise program, on key arthritis-related health outcomes among adults with arthritis.

Self-management is very important in chronic diseases, and promoting physical activity is a key public health strategy for arthritis management. Although several exercise programs such as People with Arthritis Can Exercise (PACE) have been created to implement this strategy, none have sufficient scientific evidence supporting their effectiveness to promote the programs through public health avenues.

The primary goal of this study is to assess the effect of PACE(People with Arthritis Can Exercise), a community-based group recreational exercise program, on key arthritis-related health outcomes. The primary goal of the study will be accomplished through an eight week randomized controlled trial conducted with 480 participants residing in eight urban or rural communities in North Carolina. This project is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the program in changing arthritis-related health outcomes such as pain, function and physical activity levels. The project will compare the eight week PACE program to a control group.

The specific objectives are as follows: (The aims have not been modified.)

  1. To further review the PACE conceptual framework and materials in order to develop a standardized PACE protocol to be delivered in the study as well as to refine study measures.
  2. To work closely with the Carolinas AF Chapter to develop collaborative relationships with local health departments and key contacts in communities identified for PACE implementation.
  3. To recruit 480 individuals to participate in a randomized controlled trial of PACE in eight communities and to implement the PACE program.
  4. To compare changes in key arthritis-related health outcomes between PACE participants and controls over eight weeks (PACE course time frame).
  5. To determine longer-term benefits of the PACE intervention by examining key arthritis-related health outcomes 3 and 6 months post completion of the intervention.
  6. To conduct qualitative research among PACE completers and non-completers to determine motivators and barriers to success, as well as to determine the acceptability and suitability of the program.
  7. To formulate recommendations or modifications for implementation of the PACE program.
Phase 2
Phase 3
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
Behavioral: People with Arthritis Can Exercise program
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
June 2004
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adults over age 18
  • Have some form of arthritis (examples: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, gout, etc.)
  • Be able to move independently without assistance
  • Currently exercising less than 3 times per week

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to walk without assistance
  • Severe health condition where exercise is contraindicated
18 Years and older
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
University of North Carolina
Study Chair: Jennifer M Hootman, PhD Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Principal Investigator: Leigh Callahan, PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 2005

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