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J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 1999 Dec;39(4):336-40.

Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE): the relationship with activity measured by a portable accelerometer.

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  • 1Department of Kinesiology, University of Illinois 61801, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The purpose of this study was to examine the validity of the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) by comparing PASE scores with physical activity assessed by a portable accelerometer.

METHODS:

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN:

Correlational-mean activity level over a 3-day period was correlated with PASE scores.

SETTING:

Physical activity of participants was monitored over 3 days during normal daily activity.

PARTICIPANTS:

Twenty healthy adult volunteers, 67-80 years of age, participated in this study.

MEASURES:

Physical activity from 09:00 to 21:00 hours was assessed over 3 consecutive weekdays (Wednesday-Friday) using a Computer Science and Applications, Inc. (CSA) portable accelerometer. Following completion of the 3-day monitoring period physical activity was assessed with the PASE.

RESULTS:

PASE scores were significantly correlated with average 3-day CSA readings (r = 0.49, p < 0.05) in the total sample and in those over age 70 years (r = 0.64, p < 0.5).

CONCLUSIONS:

These results add to the literature supporting the validity of the PASE as a measure of physical activity in older individuals.

PMID:
10726435
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