Camilla Fongen

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This study aims to compare physical activity (PA) level and exercise habits in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who have high disease activity with those who have low disease activity and, further, to compare both groups with population controls. Cross-sectional study design was used. The participants include 149 patients (mean age 49.3 (SD 11.1),(More)
BACKGROUND Although flexibility traditionally has been the main focus for physical therapy in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), there is now evidence for an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in this group. OBJECTIVE The purposes of this study were: (1) to compare physical fitness (cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular capacity,(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of the present study were to explore the barriers and facilitators for being physically active and the perceived health benefits of physical activity in a group of patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and to compare the findings with those in population controls. METHODS A total of 148 patients and 133 controls were included in a(More)
BACKGROUND Physical therapy is recommended for the management of axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and flexibility exercises have traditionally been the main focus. Cardiovascular (CV) diseases are considered as a major health concern in axSpA and there is strong evidence that endurance and strength exercise protects against CV diseases. Therefore, the aim of(More)
Objectives To assess if a change in disease activity is associated with a change in work productivity loss (WPL) over 1 year in early axial SpA (axSpA) patients. Methods Baseline and 1 year data of axSpA patients in the SPondyloArthritis Caught Early cohort were analysed. Linear regression models were built explaining the change in the Ankylosing(More)
BACKGROUND Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory and systemic disease which affects the musculoskeletal system. Exercise programmes are reported to improve physical functioning in patients with RA. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese martial art which combines slow and gentle movements with mental focus. The purpose of this study was to study in(More)
Question: What is the effect of Tai Chi for people with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee? Design: Randomised, controlled trial with concealed allocation, blinded outcome assessment and intention-to-treat analysis. Setting: An urban tertiary academic hospital in the USA. Participants: Men and women > 55 years, with body mass index < 40 kg/m2, Western Ontario(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of high-intensity exercise on emotional distress, fatigue, and ability to do a full day's activities in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). METHOD A total of 28 physically inactive axSpA patients were randomized to either an exercise group (EG), which performed 12 weeks of cardiorespiratory and strength(More)
Question: What is the effect of a support program for healthy physical activity for patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? Design: A multicentre randomised controlled trial with assessor blinding. Setting: 10 hospital rheumatology clinics in Sweden. Participants: 228 adult patients with RA meeting American College of Rheumatology criteria, of which(More)
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