Comparison of Pedometer and Accelerometer Derived Steps in Older Individuals With Parkinson’s Disease or Osteoporosis Under Free-Living Conditions

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Martin Benka Wallén
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Maria Hagströmer
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Aim:

To compare self-reported pedometer steps with accelerometer steps under free-living conditions in individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) or osteoporosis (OP).

Methods:

Seventy-three individuals with PD and 71 individuals with OP wore a pedometer (Yamax LS2000) and an accelerometer (ActiGraph GT1M/GT3X+) simultaneously for one week.

Results:

Fifty-one individuals with PD (72.6 ± 5.3 years) and 61 with OP (75.6 ± 5.3 years) provided simultaneously recorded data for 3–7 consecutive days. Pedometer steps were significantly lower than accelerometer steps in the PD group (p = .002) but not in the OP group (p = .956). Bland-Altman plots demonstrated wide limits of agreement between the instruments in both PD (range = 6,911 steps) and OP (range = 6,794 steps).

Conclusion:

These results suggest that the ActiGraph GT1M/GT3X+ should be preferred over the Yamax LS2000 for the assessment of steps in both research and clinical evaluations, particularly in individuals with PD or altered gait.

Benka Wallén, Dohrn, Ståhle, Franzén, and Hagströmer are with Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Physiotherapy, Huddinge, Sweden. Ståhle, Franzén, and Hagströmer are also with Karolinska University Hospital, Department of Physical Therapy, Stockholm, Sweden.

Address author correspondence to Martin Benka Wallén at martin.benka-wallen@ki.se.
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