Comparing self-reported and objective monitoring of physical activity in Parkinson disease.

Journal Article

INTRODUCTION: Monitoring physical activity is important in Parkinson disease (PD), but patient recall may be unreliable. We examined relationships between self-reported activity, objective monitoring, and clinical characteristics. METHODS: Participants completed the self-reported Physical Activity Scale in the Elderly (PASE) to determine subjective minutes of moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA); a subset wore an Actigraph monitor capturing step count and objective MVPA using a PD-specific algorithm. Relationships between subjective and objective measurements were determined using partial correlations controlling for age and disease stage. RESULTS: Sixty-six subjects completed subjective reporting; median age (interquartile range [IQR]) was 70 (69-74) years and median disease duration (IQR) was 4 (1.5-7.5) years. Age-adjusted median PASE was 135.3. Median daily step count was 3615 (IQR 1772-4870), which was moderately well-correlated with PASE (ρ = 0.56, p = 0.003). Median MVPA was 8.1 min/day (IQR 2.2-23.2), which was not correlated with PASE (ρ = -0.003, p = 0.98). CONCLUSIONS: Physical activity in this cohort of Veterans with PD is low and consists mostly of low-intensity steps rather than MVPA. The symptomatic and disease-modifying potential of lower intensity activity is uncertain. These data emphasize the need for interventions to increase MVPA in PD and the importance of objective monitoring using wearable technology.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mantri, S; Wood, S; Duda, JE; Morley, JF

Published Date

  • October 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 67 /

Start / End Page

  • 56 - 59

PubMed ID

  • 31621608

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31621608

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-5126

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2019.09.004


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England