The aim of the study was to analyze the profile of fibromyalgia patients receiving medical advice to walk and who complied with the advice according to a specific clinical pattern. A further aim has been to analyze the elements that increase adherence to walking.
A cross-sectional study with 920 women with fibromyalgia.
Sociodemographic and clinical variables, walking behavior, and medical advice to walk were assessed.
Patients who adhere to walking have a lower likelihood of being tired. Regular walkers (patients who walk according to a specific clinical pattern) have a lower likelihood of comorbidity. Patients who receive medical advice to walk are more likely to walk more than 30 minutes and to take a break between bouts.
Nurses caring for people with fibromyalgia should include strategies to promote walking, especially in patients with low adherence profiles, paying attention to all elements of behavior.
1 Interdisciplinary Clinical Fibromyalgia Unit, Department of Medicine and Surgery, Public Health, Psychology and Immunology and Medical Microbiology, Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain
2 Department of Health Psychology, Miguel Hernández University, Alicante, Spain
Correspondence: Cecilia Peñacoba Puente, Department of Medicine and Surgery, Public Health, Psychology and Immunology and Medical Microbiology, Rey Juan Carlos University, Avda. de Atenas s/n. 28922 Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted May 1, 2017.
Cite this article as: Peñacoba, C., Pastor-Mira, M. A., López-Roig, S., Sanz, Y., & Velasco, L. (2019). Healthcare provider advice to engage in walking regimens and adherence in women with fibromyalgia. Rehabilitation Nursing, 44(1), 20–28. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000103