Recommendations for physical activity and exercise in persons living with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): consensus by an international task force

Julien Blaess, Sophie Geneton, Thibaut Goepfert, Simone Appenzeller, Gabriel Bordier, Thomas Davergne, Yurilis Fuentes, Håvard Haglo, Karen Hambly, Dominique Kinnett-Hopkins, Kuei Ying Su, Alexandra Legge, Linda Li, Anselm Mak, Ivan Padjen, Savino Sciascia, Saira Z. Sheikh, Alberto Soriano-Maldonado, Manuel F. Ugarte-Gil, Md Yuzaiful Md YusofIoannis Parodis, Laurent Arnaud

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Abstract

Objective This international task force aimed to provide healthcare professionals and persons living with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with consensus-based recommendations for physical activity and exercise in SLE. Methods Based on evidence from a systematic literature review and expert opinion, 3 overarching principles and 15 recommendations were agreed on by Delphi consensus. Results The overarching principles highlight the importance of shared decision-making and the need to explain the benefits of physical activity to persons living with SLE and other healthcare providers. The 15 specific recommendations state that physical activity is generally recommended for all people with SLE, but in some instances, a medical evaluation may be needed to rule out contraindications. Pertaining to outdoor activity, photoprotection is necessary. Both aerobic and resistance training programmes are recommended, with a gradual increase in frequency and intensity, which should be adapted for each individual, and ideally supervised by qualified professionals. Conclusion In summary, the consensus reached by the international task force provides a valuable framework for the integration of physical activity and exercise into the management of SLE, offering a tailored evidence-based and eminence-based approach to enhance the well-being of individuals living with this challenging autoimmune condition.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere004171
JournalRMD Open
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Apr 2024

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