Maintain independence by Moving more:
Whilst there is limited data in relation to physical activity and connective tissues disease, exercise based interventions improved fatigue and physical fitness in SLE [1-2,5] and there were improvements seen in disease activity score in Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis patients [3,6] . Exercise programmes were safe and do not adversely affect disease activity in those with SLE . Motivating patients to keep physically active can help maintain independence and allow them to continue with employment and perform key activities.
Quality of evidence:
Grade B– Moderate Quality
Strength of recommendation
Grade 2 – weak Recommendation
There is some moderate quality evidence that exercise interventions can help maintain independence and they do not affect disease activity scores.
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- Alemo Munters L, Dastmalchi M, Andgren V, et al. Improvement in health and possible reduction in disease activity using endurance exercise in patients with established polymyositis and dermatomyositis: a multicenter randomized controlled trial with a 1-year open extension followup. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2013;65(12):1959-1968.
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- Wiesinger GF, Quittan M, Graninger M, Seeber A, Ebenbichler G, Sturm B, Kerschan K, Smolen J, Graninger W. Benefit of 6 months long-term physical training in polymyositis/dermatomyositis patients. British journal of rheumatology. 1998 Dec 1;37(12):1338-42.