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The study showed more than 1/2 of respondents had lower physical activity levels since the start of the pandemic.

Dr. Saira Sheikh and her co-investigators published a study in ACR Open Rheumatology investigating the association of the pandemic on health behaviors, such as physical activity, across a wide range of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) — which had not previously been reported in the United States.

Their original research was highlighted and featured as “An American College of Rheumatology Reading Room selection” in Medpage Today.

In the study, among 893 survey respondents with RMDs, more than half (56.8%) reported lower physical activity levels since the pandemic began. Factors associated with engaging in less physical activity included lower self-reported general health and a diagnosis of lupus.

You can read more about this recent research in Medpage Today.