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The physical activity scale for the elderly (PASE): evidence for validity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10391658     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We assessed the validity of the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) in a sample of sedentary adults (56 men, 134 women, mean age +/- [SD] 66.5+/-5.3 years) who volunteered to participate in a randomized controlled trial on the effect of aerobic conditioning on psychological function. Construct validity was established by correlating PASE scores with physiologic and performance characteristics: peak oxygen uptake, resting heart rate and blood pressure, percent body fat, and balance. The mean PASE scores were higher in men than in women (men = 145.8+/-78.0; women = 123.9+/-66.3, P<0.05), and in those age 55-64 years compared with those age 65 years and over (55-64 = 144.2+/-75.8; 65 and over = 118.9+/-63.9, P<0.05). PASE scores were also significantly higher in those who did not report a chronic health condition (cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, or recent surgery). PASE scores were significantly associated (P<0.05) with peak oxygen uptake (r = 0.20), systolic blood pressure (r = -0.18) and balance score (r = 0.20). No significant associations of PASE score and diastolic blood pressure, resting heart rate, or percent body fat were noted. These results provide additional evidence for the validity of the PASE as a measure of physical activity suitable for use in epidemiology studies on the association of physical activity, health, and physical function in older individuals.
R A Washburn; E McAuley; J Katula; S L Mihalko; R A Boileau
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical epidemiology     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0895-4356     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Epidemiol     Publication Date:  1999 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-07-12     Completed Date:  1999-07-12     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8801383     Medline TA:  J Clin Epidemiol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  643-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, 61801, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aging / physiology*
Body Composition
Chi-Square Distribution
Educational Status
Exercise Tolerance
Geriatric Assessment*
Marital Status
Middle Aged
Reproducibility of Results
Grant Support

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