Christina H Stenström

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of a 12-week home exercise and cognitive treatment program in functionally independent patients with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS Forty-two patients were assessed with the Arthritis Self-efficacy Scale, the Stanford Health Assessment Questionnaire, the Ritchie articular index, measurement of joint mobility, and(More)
The aim of the study was to investigate the reliability and the validity of the Swedish version of the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI). A total of 113 patients with ankylosing spondylitis were assessed with the BASDAI, the Swedish version of the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index (BASFI), the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a new juvenile arthritis foot disability index (JAFI) and to test it for validity and reliability. METHODS Samples of 14 children/adolescents and 30 children/adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and 29 healthy children/adolescents participated. We used a questionnaire derived from the International Classification of(More)
OBJECTIVE To revise the content of the Functional Index in myositis (FI) and to evaluate measurement properties of a revised FI. METHODS Previously performed FI (n = 287) were analyzed for internal redundancy and consistency, and ceiling and floor effects. Content was evaluated and a preliminary revised FI was developed. To evaluate the construct validity(More)
The objective was to investigate whether a 12-week resistive home exercise program in addition to conventional medical treatment could be safely performed regarding muscle inflammation, muscle function, and quality of life in patients with active polymyositis (PM) or dermatomyositis (DM). Eleven patients diagnosed with active PM or DM were included. Muscle(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate whether a home exercise programme could safely be performed by patients with stable, inactive polymyositis (PM) and dermatomyositis (DM), regarding disease activity, muscle function, health status and pain. METHODS Ten patients with reduced muscle function completed the study. A home exercise programme including exercises for(More)
The aim of the study was to assess the effects of once-weekly, intensive dynamic training in water of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Thirty patients with RA, functional class II, in a training group (TG) and 30 in a comparison group (CG) were assessed with respect to clinical, radiological and functional disease manifestations and psychosocial(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe self-reported physical activity and physical fitness and to identify correlates of physical activity and general health perception. METHODS Data on self-reported physical activity, physical fitness, activity performance, and disease activity were collected from a sample of 298 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RESULTS(More)
The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of a dynamic training program versus a muscle relaxation training program as home exercise in patients with inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Fifty-four patients (mean age 54 years, mean symptom duration 14 years) were randomized to one of the two programs. After personal instructions every patient exercised(More)