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Fitness and Exercise for People With Arthritis

This study has been completed.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Identifier:
First received: November 10, 2005
Last updated: September 6, 2007
Last verified: September 2007
The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate a progressive, land-based exercise program, that includes muscular and aerobic conditioning, resistance and stabilization exercises and balance training, for persons with arthritis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Arthritis Behavioral: Functional Exercise for People with Arthritis (FEPA) Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Fitness and Functional Exercise for People With Arthritis

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Six-minute walk
  • 8-foot up-and-go
  • Arm curl
  • Back scratch
  • AIMS-2

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Arthritis self-efficacy
  • Physical activity level
  • Pain VAS

Enrollment: 154
Study Start Date: November 2005
Study Completion Date: January 2007
Detailed Description:

There is evidence that people with arthritis who participate in appropriate types of physical activity can improve physical function and pain management. Most existing programs focus on improving flexibility and balance. Less attention has been paid to conditioning and overall functional fitness. To address some of these concerns, this study will develop, evaluate, and implement a non-aquatic physical activity program to increase health-related functional fitness in community-dwelling adults with arthritis. Specific goals are:

  1. To develop a systematic and progressive program (FEPA: Functional Exercise for Persons with Arthritis) that integrates muscular and aerobic conditioning, balance and trunk/pelvic stabilization exercises emphasizing joint-protective, multi-plane movement patterns that mimic those used in everyday activities.
  2. Implement the FEPA program in an ethnically diverse, low SES community sample of older adults with arthritis.
  3. Conduct process, outcomes and impact evaluations to assess the effectiveness of the FEPA program for increasing short- and immediate-term health and functional fitness outcomes.
  4. Evaluate the sustainability of the FEPA program through a program logic model process and identify inputs, activities and outputs that contribute to successful program implementation and the building of community capacity to support long-term program maintenance.

Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Self-reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis
  • No physical limitations precluding exercise participation
  • Negative screen for CVD (PAR-Q)
  • Age 20+
  • English or Spanish speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Presence of any condition for which exercise is contraindicated
  • Physical inability to complete exercise program
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00252070

United States, California
San Diego State University
San Diego, California, United States, 92182
Sponsors and Collaborators
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Study Chair: Jennifer M Hootman, PhD Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  More Information Identifier: NCT00252070     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDC-NCCDPHP-ASPH3497
Study First Received: November 10, 2005
Last Updated: September 6, 2007

Keywords provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

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