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Measurement and description of physical activity in adult manual wheelchair users.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21122734     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The purposes of this study were to (1) describe physical activity of adult manual wheelchair users as measured by wrist actigraphy and two self-report measures, (2) compare exercisers and nonexercisers on measures of physical activity, and (3) examine the relationships between three activity measures.
METHODS: Fifty manual wheelchair users wore an activity monitor and completed a physical activity record for 7 days. At the completion of this period, a questionnaire that included the Physical Activity Scale for Individuals with Physical Disabilities, stage of exercise question, and demographic and health questions was completed.
RESULTS: Mean daily hours spent in bed or asleep was 9.1, mean hours of light intensity activity was 12.5, mean hours of moderate intensity activity was 1.3, and mean hours of strenuous activity was 0.33. Thirty-eight percent did not report any strenuous activity, and 56% reported less than the 150 minutes weekly of moderate or strenuous activity required to meet public health guidelines. There was variability in both self-reported and objectively measured physical activity. Regular exercisers were not significantly different from nonexercisers on objective measures of physical activity. Measured physical movement was weakly correlated with recall of physical activity or exercise.
CONCLUSION: Many wheelchair users do not meet public health guidelines for physical activity, but they are not a homogeneous group in intensity and frequency of physical activity. Multiple measurement methods can provide insights into the nature, intensity, and duration of physical activity that is more complex due to variations in abilities and ways of moving.
Catherine A Warms; Joanne D Whitney; Basia Belza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disability and health journal     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1936-6574     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Health J     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-02     Completed Date:  2011-05-05     Revised Date:  2013-07-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101306633     Medline TA:  Disabil Health J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  236-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington, School of Nursing, Seattle, WA 98195-6157, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Analysis of Variance
Cross-Sectional Studies
Disability Evaluation
Disabled Persons / psychology*
Middle Aged
Motor Activity*
Self Report
Statistics as Topic
Wheelchairs / statistics & numerical data*
Grant Support
5 P20 NR008351-04/NR/NINR NIH HHS; NR008360-04/NR/NINR NIH HHS; P20 NR008351/NR/NINR NIH HHS

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