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Experiences of How Health and Lifestyle among Individuals with Knee Pain Have Been Influenced during the COVID-19 Pandemic, a HALLOA Study
Spenshult Research and Development Centre, Halmstad, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare. Spenshult Research and Development Centre, Halmstad, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8895-1227
Halmstad University, School of Business, Innovation and Sustainability. Spenshult Research and Development Centre, Halmstad, Sweden; Section of Rheumatology, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1445-5247
Spenshult Research and Development Centre, Halmstad, Sweden; Section of Rheumatology, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0217-5029
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2022 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 19, no 14, article id 8255Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the health and lifestyles of both the general population and of vulnerable groups. Individuals with knee pain are recommended to lead an active lifestyle to relieve pain but find it difficult to maintain health and lifestyle compared to the general population due to the cause of chronic pain, impaired physical function, and a diminished quality of life. This study aimed to explore experiences of how health and lifestyle among individuals with knee pain have been influenced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Interviews (n = 19) were conducted in 2021 and analysed with qualitative content analysis. The results showed how individuals with knee pain adjusted their behaviour and revalued their life to maintain health and lifestyle during COVID-19. Adjusted behaviours emerged, such as spending more time at home, becoming digital, and spending more time outdoors, while revaluing life emerged as having a positive outlook on life and sharing responsibility. In conclusion, behaviour was adjusted, and life revalued to manage health and lifestyle during the pandemic. However, the findings are probably similar to the general population, i.e., individuals with knee pain live similar lives as the general population despite knee pain. The results may contribute to alternative ways of maintaining health and lifestyle in various vulnerable groups and may be applied in situations other than the pandemic. © 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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Basel: MDPI, 2022. Vol. 19, no 14, article id 8255
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COVID-19, knee pain, health, lifestyle, adjusting behaviour, revaluing life, qualitative content analysis, interviews
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Health Innovation, Information driven care
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-48020DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19148255ISI: 000833277000001PubMedID: 35886110Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85133453134OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-48020DiVA, id: diva2:1693866
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Swedish Rheumatism AssociationAvailable from: 2022-09-08 Created: 2022-09-08 Last updated: 2023-12-14Bibliographically approved

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