Physical activity works study (PAWS): Communication of physical activity advice during rheumatology consultations for people with rheumatoid arthritis

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This project is in collaboration with colleagues working in long-term chronic conditions (ie, rheumatoid arthritis) at UWE.  The purpose of this study is to explore patient recollection of advice in relation to physical activity following a recent rheumatologist or specialist nurse consultation. It will explore patients’ recall and interpretation of advice that was discussed, as well as their thoughts about additional information or support needs.  Semi-structured telephone interviews will be carried out with people with RA following a consultation with a rheumatology healthcare professional. Findings from the study will be presented to rheumatologists and specialist nurses at stakeholder meetings. Potential areas for improving communication of physical activity information and advice will be discussed. This will inform development of evidence-based training for rheumatology nurses and doctors to support them with delivery of effective brief interventions for promoting physical activity.

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