Suitability of physical activity questionnaires for older adults in fall-prevention trials: A systematic review

Ellen C. Jørstad-Stein, Klaus Hauer, Clemens Becker, Marc Bonnefoy, Rachel A. Nakash, Dawn A. Skelton, Sarah E. Lamb

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    The purpose of the study was to identify physical activity questionnaires for older adults that might be suitable outcome measures in clinical trials of fall-injury-prevention intervention and to undertake a systematic quality assessment of their measurement properties. PubMed, CINAHL, and PsycINFO were systematically searched to identify measurements and articles reporting the methodological quality of relevant measures. Quality extraction relating to content, population, reliability, validity, responsiveness, acceptability, practicality, and feasibility was undertaken. Twelve outcome measures met the inclusion criteria. There is limited evidence about the measures' properties. None of the measures is entirely satisfactory for use in a large-scale trial at present. There is a need to develop suitable measures. The Stanford 7-day Physical Activity Recall Questionnaire and the Community Health Activities Model Program for Seniors questionnaire might be appropriate for further development. The results have implications for the designs of large-scale trials investigating many different geriatric syndromes. © 2005, Human Kinetics, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)461-481
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005


    • Accidental falls
    • Aged
    • Measurement properties
    • Outcome measures


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