[Generation of appraisal standards for functional measurements in the frail elderly and persons aged 40 and older requiring light assistance in daily living].

Shuichi Obuchi, Motonaga Kojima, Akiko Miki, Kazuhiko Ito, Takeshi Arai, Ichiro Tsuji, Ichiro Okubo, Satoko Ohara, Michiko Sugiyama, Takao Suzuki, Toshimasa Sone, Seiji Yasumura

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to generate appraisal standards for functional measures in independent elderly people with physical frailty, "Tokutei", or persons aged 40 and older who require light assistance, "Youshien". A total of 3,852 subjects for whom functional measures were available, including grasp strength, one-leg standing time, timed up & go (TUG) , and 5-m walking time, were analyzed from a database obtained from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The upper limit and lower limit of each quintilededuced from the functional measurements were adopted to construct the appraisal standard. The functional measures were higher in Tokutei than in Youshien. Comparing Tokutei and Yoshien, one or more level difference in the five divided groups was observed for the one-leg standing time. There were differences of three or more levels between Tokutei and Yoshien in the TUG and the 5-m walking time. The present study allowed development of appraisal standards for elderly having physical frailty and for persons aged 40 and older requiring light assistance in daily living.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)988-995
Number of pages8
Journal[Nippon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health
Volume57
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)

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