Masters Thesis

Physical Activity in Fibromyalgia: Accelerometer Versus Self-report

Fibromyalgia is a multisystem condition that impacts a range of functionality. One function that is particularly impacted is physical movement due to pain. This study examined the relationship between objectively measured and self-reported levels of physical activity (light, moderate, vigorous) among individuals with fibromyalgia. the total sample included 35 participants, 20 participants had Fibromyalgia and 15 participants were in the control group. the method used to collect objective physical activity was accelerometry. Tests used for collecting subjective reports of physical activity included the Rapid Assessment of Physical Activity (RAPA), and the Sedentary Behavior Questionnaire (SBQ). Based on previous research, we hypothesized that the correlation between objective and subjective measures of physical activity would be weaker among participants with fibromyalgia comparted to control participants. the implications of this study were that subjective and objective reports of PA were weaker among those with FM compared to control participants. However, among the sample population of older adults with FM, the difference between groups was not significantly different.


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