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Effects of exercise on health-related quality of life and fear of falling in home-dwelling older women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22472580     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This randomized, controlled trial evaluated the effects of exercise on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and fear of falling (FoF) among 149 home-dwelling older women. The 12-mo exercise program was intended to reduce the risk of falls and fractures. HRQoL was assessed by the RAND-36 Survey, and FoF, with a visual analog scale, at baseline, 12 mo, and 24 mo. On all RAND-36 scales, the scores indicated better health and well-being. The exercise had hardly any effect on HRQoL; only the general health score improved slightly compared with controls at 12 mo (p = .019), but this gain was lost at 24 mo. FoF decreased in both groups during the intervention with no between-groups difference at 12 or 24 mo. In conclusion, despite beneficial physiological changes, the exercise intervention showed rather limited effects on HRQoL and FoF among relatively high-functioning older women. This modest result may be partly because of insufficient responsiveness of the assessment instruments used.
Authors:
Saija Karinkanta; Ritva Nupponen; Ari Heinonen; Matti Pasanen; Harri Sievänen; Kirsti Uusi-Rasi; Mikael Fogelholm; Pekka Kannus
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of aging and physical activity     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1543-267X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Aging Phys Act     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9415639     Medline TA:  J Aging Phys Act     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  198-214     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research, Tampere, Finland.
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