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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/211703
Type:
Research Study
Title:
ASSOCIATION OF PEDOMETER STEPS AND HEALTH STATUS: A PILOT STUDY
Abstract:
BACKGROUND:  Walking is an important physical activity (PA) providing health benefits to older adults.  However, methods of monitoring walking, particularly characteristics of steps, have not been well studied. PURPOSE:  To conduct preliminary tests of the reliability and validity of pedometer use by older adults living independently. METHODS:  Step counts along a 10 m line were determined by observation and pedometer for thirty-one older adults living independently in senior apartments and retirement communities.  Each individual then completed a 7-day step count using a pedometer, a PA diary, and a self-reported PA questionnaire. FINDINGS:  There was no significant difference in steps measured by observational count and pedometer.  Average walking speed was 1.28 m/s, and average step length was 56 cm.  Cronbach’s alpha coefficients for 7-day pedometer records ranged from 0.77 to 0.90.  Number of steps recorded by pedometers was significantly correlated with self-reported walking distance and amount of leisure time PA, but not with household activity.  Pedometer step counts were somewhat, but not significantly, higher in individuals who reported normal blood pressure, normal BMI, and no prescription drugs, than in other individuals. CONCLUSIONS: The use of a pedometer to monitor walking as a physical activity in older adults appears to be reliable and valid.  A future study using a larger sample and evaluating the association of walking activity with health outcomes is recommended.
Keywords:
Health promotion in older adults; Pedometer; Walking
Repository Posting Date:
20-Feb-2012
Date of Publication:
20-Feb-2012
Other Identifiers:
4928
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typeResearch Studyen_GB
dc.titleASSOCIATION OF PEDOMETER STEPS AND HEALTH STATUS: A PILOT STUDYen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/211703-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND:  Walking is an important physical activity (PA) providing health benefits to older adults.  However, methods of monitoring walking, particularly characteristics of steps, have not been well studied. PURPOSE:  To conduct preliminary tests of the reliability and validity of pedometer use by older adults living independently. METHODS:  Step counts along a 10 m line were determined by observation and pedometer for thirty-one older adults living independently in senior apartments and retirement communities.  Each individual then completed a 7-day step count using a pedometer, a PA diary, and a self-reported PA questionnaire. FINDINGS:  There was no significant difference in steps measured by observational count and pedometer.  Average walking speed was 1.28 m/s, and average step length was 56 cm.  Cronbach’s alpha coefficients for 7-day pedometer records ranged from 0.77 to 0.90.  Number of steps recorded by pedometers was significantly correlated with self-reported walking distance and amount of leisure time PA, but not with household activity.  Pedometer step counts were somewhat, but not significantly, higher in individuals who reported normal blood pressure, normal BMI, and no prescription drugs, than in other individuals. CONCLUSIONS: The use of a pedometer to monitor walking as a physical activity in older adults appears to be reliable and valid.  A future study using a larger sample and evaluating the association of walking activity with health outcomes is recommended.en_GB
dc.subjectHealth promotion in older adultsen_GB
dc.subjectPedometeren_GB
dc.subjectWalkingen_GB
dc.date.available2012-02-20T12:09:21Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-20T12:09:21Z-
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-20T12:09:21Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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