Outdoor Walking Test With a Global Positioning System Device as an Additional Tool for Functional Assessment of Older Women

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The primary aim was to assess the test–retest reliability of an outdoor walking test with a global positioning system device in older women in a community setting. In addition, correlations between the suggested test and various tests recommended to evaluate muscle strength, walking speed, and self-perceived health status in older adults were studied. The study included 40 women aged 68 (SD = 5) years. The primary outcomes were total walked distance and mean walking speed. The secondary outcomes were lower-body strength, heart rate, speed in a 4-m walk test, and self-perceived health status. The intraclass correlation coefficients calculated for the total walked distance, mean walking speed, and mean heart rate were .94, .92, and .37, respectively. Thus, the suggested outdoor walking test with the application of a global positioning system device may be considered a reliable test tool, which can be recommended for the evaluation of walking ability among older women in a community setting.

Kulik, Rosłoniec, Zguczyński, and Pilecka are with the Poznan University of Physical Education, Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland. Madejski and Mika are with the Department of Clinical Rehabilitation, University of Physical Education, Krakow, Poland. Spannbauer is with the Department of Experimental and Clinical Surgery, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland.

Kulik (a.kulik@awf-gorzow.edu.pl) is corresponding author.
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