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SP0174 Health Behaviour Change Techniques To Effectively Promote Physical Activity in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis
  1. K. Knittle
  1. Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland


Engaging in sufficient levels of physical activity (PA) is of particular importance for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as it can help to maintain functional ability and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. While many healthcare professionals have the ability to effectively promote PA among patients with RA, some techniques common in clinical practice can actually be counterproductive. As consultations are becoming increasingly shorter, having a clear understanding of the evidence on how to best promote PA in practice can help healthcare providers' to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their PA promotion efforts. This session will provide an overview of prominent behavioural determinants and theories, and outline how behaviour change typically unfolds among patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It will then present research which has identified behaviour change techniques associated with increased motivation and intention for PA and changes in PA behaviour itself. Finally, it will provide practical, evidence-based tips that can be implemented to help guide behaviour and lifestyle change efforts in clinical settings, even when time is short.

Disclosure of Interest None declared

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