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

Blaess, Julien, Geneton, Sophie, Goepfert, Thibaut, Appenzeller, Simone, Bordier, Gabriel, Davergne, Thomas, Fuentes, Yurilis, Haglo, Håvard, Hambly, Karen, Kinnett-Hopkins, Dominique, and others. (2024) Recommendations for physical activity and exercise in persons living with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): consensus by an international task force. RMD open, 10 (2). Article Number e004171. E-ISSN 2056-5933. (doi:10.1136/rmdopen-2024-004171) (KAR id:105620)


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.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1136/rmdopen-2024-004171
Uncontrolled keywords: Autoimmune diseases, Lupus erythematosus, systemic, systemic lupus erythematosus, Humans, Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic, Exercise, Consensus, Advisory Committees
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Sports sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Funders: University of Kent (
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Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2024 13:49 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2024 15:28 UTC
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