HealthDay News — Recommendations from health care providers are linked with better adherence to physical activity guidelines in adults with arthritis, according to the CDC.

Adults with arthritis who received healthcare provider recommended physical activity goals were more likely to adhere to exercise guidelines than those who did not receive recommendations (odds ratio [OR] 1.22; 95% CI: 1.12 to 1.32), Shamly Austin, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues reported in Preventing Chronic Disease.

They analyzed data for adults with arthritis, aged 45 years and older, from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to assess the association between provider recommendations and adherence to physical activity guidelines.

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Age was not a factor in the relation between provider recommendations and patient adherence to physical activity guidleines (OR, 1.00; 95% CI: 0.99 to 1.00), they found.

“Providers should recommend physical activity to adults with arthritis,” the researchers concluded.


  1. Austin S et al. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013;10:130077.