Evidence Based Practice Care Plan Essay

2173 Words Nov 18th, 2014 9 Pages
Evidence Based Practice Care Plan
Nursing 257
Courtney Simmons
UWEC College Nursing and Health Sciences

According to Jones, Law, Maddison, Markland, & Thom (2013) many people understand the benefits of being physically active. For patients with Rheumatoid arthritis, there are numerous physiological and psychological advantages associated with an active lifestyle. Research shows that people with Rheumatoid Arthritis are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, cachexia, and multiple factors associated with osteoporosis. In order to reduce these medical issues, physical activity is recommended. Exercise is proven to improve cardiovascular health, stimulates muscle hypertrophy and advances participants bone mineral density. This is extremely important in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, the higher the intensity of the workout the better it is for physical health and psychosocial well-being. Many people with Rheumatoid arthritis are scared of aggravating their current disease so previous treatment often included bed rest and sanatorium stays for up to 6 months. This commonly resulted in splinting of the affected joints. It is proved that people with Rheumatoid Arthritis can tolerate regular and intense exercise without improving their disease status. Due to fear of harming joints, Rheumatoid Arthritis patients are less active than the general population and experience greater medical costs due to cardiovascular disease, cachexia, and…

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