Obtaining reliable estimates of ambulatory physical activity in people with Parkinson's disease

Serene S. Paul, Terry D. Ellis, Leland E. Dibble, Gammon M. Earhart, Matthew P. Ford, K. Bo Foreman, James T. Cavanaugh

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Abstract

We determined the number of days required, and whether to include weekdays and/or weekends, to obtain reliable measures of ambulatory physical activity in people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Ninety-two persons with PD wore a step activity monitor for seven days. The number of days required to obtain a reliable estimate of daily activity was determined from the mean intraclass correlation (ICC2,1) for all possible combinations of 1-6 consecutive days of monitoring. Two days of monitoring were sufficient to obtain reliable daily activity estimates (ICC2,1 > 0.9). Amount (p = 0.03) but not intensity (p = 0.13) of ambulatory activity was greater on weekdays than weekends. Activity prescription based on amount rather than intensity may be more appropriate for people with PD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-305
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Parkinson's Disease
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Exercise
  • Parkinson disease
  • Physical fitness
  • Reproducibility of results

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