The behavioural epidemiology of sedentary behaviour in inflammatory arthritis: where are we, and where do we need to go?

Sally A M Fenton, Ciara M O'Brien, George D Kitas, Joan L Duda, Jet J C S Veldhuijzen van Zanten, George S Metsios

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In the last decade, studies into sedentary behaviour in inflammatory arthritis have raised important questions regarding its role in this condition. Specifically, evidence is needed on whether sedentary behaviour might exacerbate adverse inflammatory arthritis outcomes, and whether reducing sedentary behaviour might offer an effective avenue for self-management in this population. Research exploring these important research questions is still very much in its infancy and lacks the direction and scientific rigour required to inform effective intervention design, delivery and evaluation. Behavioural epidemiology refers to research that aims explicitly to understand and influence health behaviour patterns to prevent disease and improve health. To this end, the Behavioural Epidemiology Framework specifies a focused approach to health behaviour research, which leads to the development of evidence-based interventions directed at specific populations. In this review, we introduce the Behavioural Epidemiology Framework in the context of research into sedentary behaviour in inflammatory arthritis and ask: where are we, and where do we need to go?

Original languageEnglish
JournalRheumatology Advances in Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes

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