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Delivery of Enhance Fitness Trial (DEFT)

Delivery of Enhance Fitness Trial (DEFT)

Arthritis is a common condition in the United States, and a leading cause of pain and disability. Physical exercise is recommended for managing arthritis, but access to evidence-based exercise programs is limited, particularly in rural areas. Therefore, the investigators propose to evaluate remote delivery of an evidence-based exercise program called Enhance Fitness (EF) that is recommended for arthritis management. The primary purpose of this study is to determine if remotely delivered EF is non-inferior to in-person EF on primary and secondary outcomes.

Participant Eligibility

For participants 65 years or older:

Inclusion Criteria:
– CDC defined arthritis (answering yes to the following: “Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?”)
– Community-dwelling
– English-speaking

Exclusion Criteria:
– Cognitive impairment (Mini Montreal Cognitive Assessment [Mini MoCA version 2.1] score <11)
– Significant, non-corrected visual or hearing impairment
– Pregnancy
– Physician does not recommend exercise due to a contraindicating health condition

For participants 18-64 years old:

Inclusion criteria:
– CDC defined arthritis (answering yes to the following: “Have you EVER been told by a doctor or other health professional that you have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia?”)
– Community-dwelling
– English-speaking
– One of the following additional criteria: (a) moderate-to-severe functional limitation, (b) low household income, or (c) living in a rural area. The definitions of these additional criteria are shown below.

1. Functional limitation: Reporting some difficulty or limitation to doing any of the physical activities listed in the PROMIS 10-item Physical Function Short Form (e.g., bathing, dressing, shopping, walking) will be considered to have moderate to severe functional limitation.

2. Low Income: Given that income and cost of living can vary geographically (e.g., urban vs. rural), the investigators will use the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s low income limit that determines eligibility for various housing programs. Low income is 80 percent of the median income for a given household size and location based on the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Lookup tables are published online annually. These questions will be asked in the screening questionnaire by the UW Study Team who will then reference the correct lookup tables to check if participant meets the definition for low income.

3. Rural Area: The investigators will apply the widely used National Center for Health Statistics urban-rural classification scheme to identify rural counties. The UW Study Team will ask potential participants the county that they currently live in during the telephone screening and will reference the National Center for Health Statistics urban-rural codes to check if the county is classified as rural.

Exclusion Criteria:
– Cognitive impairment (Mini Montreal Cognitive Assessment [Mini MoCA version 2.1] score <11)
– Significant, non-corrected visual or hearing impairment
– Pregnancy
– Physician does not recommend exercise due to a contraindicating health condition

Contact

Elspeth Rensema
(206) 685-2082

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Evaluation of Remotely Delivered versus In-person EnhanceFitness for Arthritis

Study ID: STUDY00014022
Start Date: 02/02/2022
End Date: 01/31/2024

Investigator(s)
Principal Investigator: Kushang V Patel, PhD, MPH University of Washington

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?
No

Study Site(s)

University of Washington

1959 NE Pacific Street, BB-1469 Box 356540
Seattle, Washington 98195



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