Using Accelerometers to Measure Physical Activity in Older Patients Admitted to Hospital.
Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res
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Hartley, P., Keevil, V., Westgate, K., White, T., Brage, S., Romero-Ortuno, R., & Deaton, C. (2018). Using Accelerometers to Measure Physical Activity in Older Patients Admitted to Hospital.. [Journal Article]. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/3280240
BACKGROUND: Low levels of physical activity in older patients during hospitalization have been linked to loss of functional ability. Practical methods of measuring physical activity are needed to better understand this association and to measure the efficacy of interventions. The aims of this study were to evaluate the feasibility of using accelerometers to discriminate between lying, sitting, standing, and standing and moving and to determine the acceptability of the method from the patients' perspective. METHODS: A convenience sample of 24 inpatients was recruited. Participants wore accelerometers on their thigh and on their lower leg (just above the ankle) for 48 hours during their hospitalization. Postural changes and movement during the 48 hours were differentiated using derived pitch angles of the lower leg and thigh, and nongravity vector magnitude of the lower leg, respectively. RESULTS: On average, patients were lying for 61.2% of the recording time, sitting for 35.6%, standing but not moving 2.1%, and standing and moving 1.1%. All participants found the accelerometers acceptable to wear. CONCLUSIONS: The methodology described in this study can be used to differentiate between lying, sitting, standing, and moving and is acceptable from a hospitalized older person's perspective.
This feasibility study was part of PH’s Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust/NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Internal Research Fellowship and completed as part of his Dunhill Medical Trust Research Training Fellowship [grant number: RTF115/0117]. The work of KW and SB was supported by the Medical Research Council [MC_UU_12015/3] and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Cambridge [IS-BRC-1215-20014]. TW was supported by a PhD studentship from MedImmune Ltd.
Medical Research Council (MC_UU_12015/3)
National Institute for Health Research (NIHRDH-IS-BRC-1215-20014)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/3280240
This record's DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.31549
Rights Holder: Copyright © 2018 Peter Hartley et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.