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Title: Higher pain intensity, depression, and being 75 Years or Older are associated with lower Levels of self-reported physical activity in older adults with pain attending primary care
Author: Silva, Anabela G.
Queirós, Alexandra
Sá-Couto, Pedro
Rocha, Nelson P.
Keywords: Older adults
Physical activity
Primary care
Issue Date: Jan-2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Abstract: Objective: This study investigated whether pain characteristics (intensity, frequency, duration and number of pain sites), depression, age, sex and comorbidities are associated with lower levels of selfreported physical activity in older adults with pain at the primary healthcare setting.Methods: A total of 504 participants aged 60 years of age and over were assessed for: socio-demographics, comorbidities, pain, depression, and physical activity. Associations between these variables were investigated using ordinal logistic regression.Results: Reporting severe pain or worst imaginable pain, being older (≥ 75 years), and feeling depressed were significantly associated with lower physical activity in the univariate (OR = 2.33, 2.93, 2.31, and 2.23, respectively) and multivariate models (Adj OR = 2.21, 2.47, 2.49, and 1.97, respectively).Conclusions: Interventions aiming to increase physical activity for older adults in primary care should consider the needs of those reporting higher pain intensity, feeling depressed and who are 75 years or older.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1080/07317115.2015.1135839
ISSN: 0731-7115
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