CTSA UL1TR000003 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science

Influence of increased physical activity on patient reported measures of disease activity in inflammatory arthritis

Principal Investigators: Alexis Ogdie-Beatty, MD and Joshua Baker, MD

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are two of the most common forms of inflammatory arthritis (IA). Exercise or regular physical activity is a low cost adjunctive therapy for IA that is frequently overlooked due to low adherence rates. We propose a randomized interventional study to examine a) the use of a financial incentive to increase physical activity over 12-weeks and b) the impact of increased physical activity on patient-reported measures of disease activity. This proposed study represents a novel collaboration between rheumatology and behavioral economics at Penn and a novel approach to the management of IA.