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The influence of weather conditions on outdoor physical activity among older people with and without osteoarthritis in six European countries

The influence of weather conditions on outdoor physical activity among older people with and without osteoarthritis in six European countries
The influence of weather conditions on outdoor physical activity among older people with and without osteoarthritis in six European countries
Background: Older adults with osteoarthritis (OA) often report that their disease symptoms are exacerbated by weather conditions. This study examines the association between outdoor physical activity (PA) and weather conditions in older adults from 6 European countries and assesses whether outdoor PA and weather conditions are more strongly associated in older persons with OA than in those without the condition. Methods: The American College of Rheumatology classification criteria were used to diagnose OA. Outdoor PA was assessed using the LASA Physical Activity Questionnaire. Data on weather parameters were obtained from weather stations. Results: Of the 2439 participants (65–85 years), 29.6% had OA in knee, hand and/or hip. Participants with OA spent fewer minutes in PA than participants without OA (Median = 42.9, IQR = 20.0 to 83.1 versus Median = 51.4, IQR = 23.6 to 98.6; P < .01). In the full sample, temperature (B = 1.52; P < .001) and relative humidity (B = –0.77; P < .001) were associated with PA. Temperature was more strongly associated with PA in participants without OA (B = 1.98; P < .001) than in those with the condition (B = 0.48; P = .47). Conclusions: Weather conditions are associated with outdoor PA in older adults in the general population. Outdoor PA and weather conditions were more strongly associated in older adults without OA than in their counterparts with OA.
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Timmermans, Erik J., van der Pas, Suzan, Dennison, Elaine, Maggi, Stefania, Peter, Richard, Castell, Maria Victoria, Pedersen, Nancy L., Denkinger, Michael D., Edwards, Mark H., Limongi, Federica, Herbolsheimer, Florian, Sanchez-Martinez, Mercedes, Siviero, Paolo, Queipo, Rocio, Schaap, Laura A. and Deeg, Dorly J.H. (2016) The influence of weather conditions on outdoor physical activity among older people with and without osteoarthritis in six European countries. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13 (12), 1385-1395. (doi:10.1123/jpah.2016-0040).

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Background: Older adults with osteoarthritis (OA) often report that their disease symptoms are exacerbated by weather conditions. This study examines the association between outdoor physical activity (PA) and weather conditions in older adults from 6 European countries and assesses whether outdoor PA and weather conditions are more strongly associated in older persons with OA than in those without the condition. Methods: The American College of Rheumatology classification criteria were used to diagnose OA. Outdoor PA was assessed using the LASA Physical Activity Questionnaire. Data on weather parameters were obtained from weather stations. Results: Of the 2439 participants (65–85 years), 29.6% had OA in knee, hand and/or hip. Participants with OA spent fewer minutes in PA than participants without OA (Median = 42.9, IQR = 20.0 to 83.1 versus Median = 51.4, IQR = 23.6 to 98.6; P < .01). In the full sample, temperature (B = 1.52; P < .001) and relative humidity (B = –0.77; P < .001) were associated with PA. Temperature was more strongly associated with PA in participants without OA (B = 1.98; P < .001) than in those with the condition (B = 0.48; P = .47). Conclusions: Weather conditions are associated with outdoor PA in older adults in the general population. Outdoor PA and weather conditions were more strongly associated in older adults without OA than in their counterparts with OA.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2 November 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 31 December 2016
Published date: December 2016
Organisations: Human Development & Health

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Local EPrints ID: 407131
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/407131
ISSN: 1543-3080
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ORCID for Elaine Dennison: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3048-4961

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Author: Erik J. Timmermans
Author: Suzan van der Pas
Author: Elaine Dennison ORCID iD
Author: Stefania Maggi
Author: Richard Peter
Author: Maria Victoria Castell
Author: Nancy L. Pedersen
Author: Michael D. Denkinger
Author: Mark H. Edwards
Author: Federica Limongi
Author: Florian Herbolsheimer
Author: Mercedes Sanchez-Martinez
Author: Paolo Siviero
Author: Rocio Queipo
Author: Laura A. Schaap
Author: Dorly J.H. Deeg

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