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IRD IA – Improves quality of life

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Studies examining the impact of physical activity interventions on quality of life scores in those with rheumatoid arthritis have used a variety of methods, including the Arthritis Impact Measurement Scale, Nottingham Health Profile and McMaster Toronto Arthritis Patient Preference Questionnaire. Pooled data has demonstrated that physical activity has a beneficial effect on quality of life, particularly aerobic exercise1-3.

Quality of evidence:

Grade  A– high Quality

Strength of recommendation

Grade 1 – Strong Recommendation


There is a strong evidence base that Physical activity interventions improve quality of life and should be recommended


  1. Sveaas SH, Smedslund G, Hagen KB, Dagfinrud H. Effect of cardiorespiratory and strength exercises on disease activity in patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. 2017;51(14):1065-1072.
  2. Baillet A, Zeboulon N, Gossec L, et al. Efficacy of cardiorespiratory aerobic exercise in rheumatoid arthritis: meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2010;62(7):984-992.
  3. Baillet A, Vaillant M, Guinot M, Juvin R, Gaudin P. Efficacy of resistance exercises in rheumatoid arthritis: meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2012;51(3):519-527.