Implementation of Physical Activity into routine Clinical pracTice in Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Disease: The IMPACT-RMD study protocol and rationale

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  • IMPACT-RMD Consortium

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • University of Wolverhampton
  • Department of Rheumatology, National Resource Centre for Rehabilitation in Rheumatology, Diakonhjemmet Hospital, Oslo, Norway.
  • ACHIEVE-Center of Applied Research, Faculty of Health, Reade, Center for Rehabilitation and Rheumatology/Amsterdam Rehabilitation Research Center, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • University of Thessaly
  • Health Research Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick V94 T9PX, Ireland.
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • University Hospitals Leuven
  • King's College London
  • University of Glasgow
  • Leiden University
  • University of Zurich
  • Russells Hall Hospital
  • University of Birmingham


Background: Physical activity is an important intervention for improving disease-related symptoms and systemic manifestations in rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMDs). However, studies suggest that RMD patients report that the lack of individualized and consistent information about physical activity from managing doctors and healthcare professionals, acts as a barrier for engagement. On the other hand, managing doctors and healthcare professionals report lack of knowledge in this area and thus lack of confidence to educate and advise RMD patients about the beneficial effects of physical activity. The aim of the present study therefore, is to develop two e-Learning courses for RMD doctors and health professionals: a) the first one to provide consistent information about the collective benefits of physical activity in RMDs and b) the second on how to implement physical activity advice in routine clinical practice.

Methods: An international collaboration of seven countries, consisting of one academic institution and one patient organization from each country, will co-develop the two e-Learning courses. The final e-Learning courses will primarily target to improve - through physical activity advice - RMD symptoms which are important for patients.

Discussion: The main result of this study will be to co-develop two e-Learning courses that can be used by managing RMD doctors and healthcare professionals to be made aware of the overall benefits of physical activity in RMDs as well as how to implement physical activity advise within their practice.

Bibliographic note

© 2019 The Mediterranean Journal of Rheumatology (MJR).


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
JournalMediterranean Journal of Rheumatology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019