BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine whether patients, classified by their treating consultant in rehabilitation medicine as avoider or persister, show differences in a large set of detailed outcomes of actual, objectively measured daily physical behaviour. METHODS: In this explorative cross-sectional study, 16 patients were included; 9 patients were categorized as avoider and 7 patients as persister. Subjects wore the VitaMove activity monitor, a high-end accelerometry-based device that allowed automatic detection of a large set of body postures and motions. Physical behaviour was assessed in detail by total duration of body postures and motions as percentages of 24 hours, as well as by the number of sit-to-stand transfers, overall activity level, walking speed, and the distribution of bouts of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Differences between groups were tested with the Mann Whitney U test. RESULTS: There were no significant differences between groups in any of the physical behaviour outcomes. CONCLUSIONS: Our study showed that activity-related behavioural style categorization by consultants in rehabilitation medicine is not expressed in objectively measured detailed outcomes of daily physical behaviour.

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Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
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