Session Type: ARHP Concurrent Abstract Session
Session Time: 11:00AM-12:30PM
Methods: Members from Arthritis Ireland, a national charitable organisation for patients with arthritis, were invited to participate in a cross-sectional survey hosted on SurveyMonkey(R)TM. Ethical approval was received. Descriptive statistics, Chi-square tests/Fisher’s exact tests were used to analyse the data using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 22
Results: Ninety (90) people with Inflammatory Arthritis responded and report an average of 5.7 (SD 1.46) hours sleep per night. Results found the mean number of years with inflammatory arthritis to be 10.09 (SD 9.92). A majority (61%) report their sleep quality as fairly bad/very bad, with 31% having taken medications at least once a week to help their sleep, over the previous month. Ninety three percent (93%) reported arthritis pain in the previous week, while 23% were limited a lot and 62% limited a little with moderate activities. A large majority report ‘pain’ (95%), ‘waking up in the middle of the night or early morning’ (97%) and ‘cannot get to sleep within 30 minutes’ (91%) as disturbances. There was a statistically significant association between longer years with symptoms (p=0.004), taking medication at least once a week (p=0.009) and limited in their activities (p=0.004), when rating their sleep quality as bad. When using the Short Questionnaire to Assess Health-enhancing physical activity (SQUASH), patients’ physical activity levels were a low 1,210 minutes per week, compared to other physical activity surveys from their healthy counterparts, even-though 72% believe it is important to measure physical activity. Of those getting less than 1,210 minutes per week of physical activity, 73% report their sleep quality as fairly bad/very bad, while 65% received more than the reported average of 5.7 hours sleep per night
To cite this abstract in AMA style:McKenna S, Donnelly A, Fraser S, Kennedy N. Sleep and Physical Activity: A Nationwide Survey Among People with Rheumatic Disease in Ireland [abstract]. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2016; 68 (suppl 10). https://acrabstracts.org/abstract/sleep-and-physical-activity-a-nationwide-survey-among-people-with-rheumatic-disease-in-ireland/. Accessed April 11, 2021.
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