Carlson SA, Maynard LM, Fulton JE, et al. Physical activity advice to manage chronic conditions for adults with arthritis or hypertension, 2007

ArticleinPreventive Medicine 49(2-3):209-12 · July 2009with6 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.09 · DOI: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2009.06.017 · Source: PubMed


    To describe the prevalence and characteristics of persons with arthritis or hypertension who received advice from their health-care professional to manage their condition.
    Data from 9 states were obtained from the 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Two modules (Arthritis Management and Actions to Control High Blood Pressure) were analyzed (sample sizes: arthritis 29,698, hypertension 29,783).
    Fifty-five percent of persons with arthritis and 75.8% of persons with hypertension reported that their health-care professional ever suggested physical activity or exercise to help manage their condition. Correlates for being less likely to receive advice were lower levels of education, longer time since last routine doctor visit, being physically inactive, and having lower body mass index. Among inactive, normal weight persons, 43.0% (95% CI: 38.7, 47.4) with arthritis and 50.0% (95% CI: 44.4, 55.6) with hypertension reported receiving advice; among inactive, obese patients, 59.1% (95% CI: 55.8, 62.3) with arthritis and 74.0% (95% CI: 70.5, 77.3) with hypertension reported receiving advice.
    Findings suggest that health-care professionals may base physical activity counseling more on body mass index than a patient's activity level. To manage chronic health conditions, health-care professionals should assess patient's physical activity and offer all patients appropriate counseling.