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Correlation of subjective questionnaires with cardiac function as determined by exercise testing in a pediatric population.
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PMID:  20811883     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: Although exercise testing is an important objective method used to assess cardiopulmonary function, subjective assessment often is used as a proxy in the clinical setting. This study aimed to determine whether responses to a subjective functional capacity questionnaire administered to parents and patients in a pediatric exercise laboratory correlate with objective assessment of functional capacity, measured by peak oxygen consumption during maximal voluntary exercise testing.
METHODS: Subjective questionnaire responses and exercise test results collected over 10 years were retrospectively analyzed. Symptoms and physical capabilities were assessed using a 6-point Likert scale regarding the ability to attend school/work, walk, climb stairs, and run, as well as the frequency of fatigue, palpitations, and chest pain. Values of 0 to 3 were considered abnormal, whereas values of 4-5 were regarded as normal. Exercise testing was performed on a stationary cycle ergometer with a continuous ramping protocol. Heart rate and oxygen saturation were continuously monitored. Blood pressures and electrocardiograms (ECGs) were obtained at 2-min intervals. Metabolic gas analysis was performed using a breath-by-breath method. The results of the exercise testing were normalized for body size and expressed as a percentage of predicted peak oxygen consumption (%pVO(2)).
RESULTS: Very weak but statistically significant correlations (τ < 0.25; P < 0.05) between the scores of the school/work, walking, stair climbing, running, and fatigue items and %pVO(2) were found using Kendall's rank correlations.
CONCLUSIONS: The subjective Likert scales used to assess basic physical capacity and cardiac-associated symptoms have limited ability to predict actual functional capacity as measured by %pVO(2) achieved. The very weak rank-order correlation between %pVO(2) achieved and the subjective reporting of the ability to attend school/work, walk, climb stairs, and run has low clinical significance and will not be useful in predicting functional capacity within the clinic setting.
Rebekah Burns; Inger Olson; Jeffrey Kazmucha; Raymond Balise; Rita Chin; Clifford Chin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric cardiology     Volume:  31     ISSN:  1432-1971     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Cardiol     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003849     Medline TA:  Pediatr Cardiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1043-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, CA, USA.
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