Physical Activity and Health in Rheumatic Disease
Our research mainly focuses physical activity and exercise in the rheumatic diseases in intervention studies and implementation studies, development and adaptation of assessment methods and exploration of patients’ and care givers’ perspectives on physical activity. Our research is translational and multiprofessional and performed in collaboration with researchers from multiple universities in Sweden and abroad.
- Physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis – the PARA 2010 study
- Co creation of an internet service to support physical activity – the tRAppen project
- Rheumatology patients’ and health professionals' awareness of physical activity measures. A survey across four European countries
- Barriers and complications related to physical activity in rheumatic conditions
- Promotion of a healthy lifestyle in rheumatology – the LIR project
- Implementation of best practice management to prevent osteoarthritis-related disability and comorbidity in rural India
- ICF mapping of physical ability for persons with long-term musculoskeletal pain
- Sense of coherence and self-efficacy as predictors of activity capacity after wrist fracture
- Determinants of functional outcomes after trauma in humanitarian settings
Anne Marie Norén, Stockholm county council
Other collaborators or partners
European League Against Rheumatism, Zürich, Switzerland
Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
Médecins sans frontièrs, Brussels, Belgium
Rehabilitation International, Brussels, Belgium
University of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet, Denmark
University of Limerick, Ireland
University of Leuven, Belgien
Selected scientific publications
The International Consortium for Health Outcome Measurement (ICHOM)Set of Outcomes that Matter to People Living with Inflammatory Arthritis Consensus from an international Working Group.
Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2018 Oct;():
Associations between fatigue and physical capacity in people moderately affected by rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatol. Int. 2018 Nov;38(11):2147-2155
Mapping a measure of physical ability for persons with long-term musculoskeletal pain to the ICF and ICF Core Sets.
Eur J Public Health 2019 04;29(2):286-291
2018 EULAR recommendations for physical activity in people with inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Ann. Rheum. Dis. 2018 Sep;77(9):1251-1260
A survey across four European countries to determine rheumatology health professionals' awareness of physical activity measures in people with inflammatory joint diseases.
BMJ Open 2018 05;8(5):e020809
Physiotherapists' Adoption of a Theory-Based Skills Training Program in Guiding People with Rheumatoid Arthritis to Health-Enhancing Physical Activity.
Int J Behav Med 2018 Aug;25(4):438-447
Impaired left atrial dynamics and its improvement by guided physical activity reveal left atrial strain as a novel early indicator of reversible cardiac dysfunction in rheumatoid arthritis.
Eur J Prev Cardiol 2018 07;25(10):1106-1108
An Outsourced Health-enhancing Physical Activity Program for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study of the Maintenance Phase.
J. Rheumatol. 2018 Aug;45(8):1093-1100
Pain sensitivity at rest and during muscle contraction in persons with rheumatoid arthritis: a substudy within the Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis 2010 study.
Arthritis Res. Ther. 2018 03;20(1):48
Physiotherapists' management of challenging situations in guiding people with rheumatoid arthritis to health-enhancing physical activity.
Physiother Theory Pract 2019 Jan;35(1):31-39
Improved Hand Function, Self-Rated Health, and Decreased Activity Limitations: Results After a Two-Month Hand Osteoarthritis Group Intervention.
Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2018 Jul;70(7):1039-1045
Trajectories of Fear-Avoidance Beliefs on Physical Activity Over Two Years in People With Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2018 May;70(5):695-702
The McMaster Toronto Arthritis patient preference questionnaire (MACTAR): a methodological study of reliability and minimal detectable change after a 6 week-period of acupuncture treatment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
BMC Res Notes 2017 Dec;10(1):687
Enhanced ventricular-arterial coupling during a 2-year physical activity programme in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a prospective substudy of the physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis 2010 trial.
J. Intern. Med. 2018 Dec;284(6):664-673
2016 update of the EULAR recommendations for the management of early arthritis.
Ann. Rheum. Dis. 2017 Jun;76(6):948-959
Towards evidence-based hand exercises in rheumatoid arthritis.
Lancet 2015 Jan;385(9966):396-8
Other selected publications
Opava CH (Editor). Physical activity in rheumatic disease. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2014 (In Swedish)
Opava CH, Björk M, Pettersson S. Care and rehabilitation in rheumatic diseases. In Klareskog L, Saxne T, Rudin A, Rönnblom L, Enman Y (eds.). Rheumatology, 3rd edition. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2017 (in Swedish)
Bearne L, Opava CH. Physical activity and exercise. In: Scott D, Galloway J, Cope A, Pratt A, Strand V. the Oxford Textbook on Rheumatoid Arthritis. Oxford University Press, accepted