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Hiking Improves the Functional Autonomy

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Universidade Camilo Castelo Branco Identifier:
First received: September 14, 2009
Last updated: September 21, 2009
Last verified: September 2009

This is an experimental research study. The subjects were randomized into two groups: Experimental group (EG; n=58, age: 67 ± 6 old) and Control group (CG; n=40; age: 70 ± 6 old). All were physically active without strictly obeying in regularity of the program of physical activity.

The functional autonomy was evaluated by the amount of tests of Group Development of Latin American Maturity (GDLAM). It consists of hiking ten meters (C10m); standing up from the sitting position (SSP); to stand up from the ventral decubitus position (SSPVD); to stand up from a chair and be able to walk around your home (SCWH); and to be able to wear and remove a t-shirt (DTS). These tests have showed similar results in indice of GDLAM (IG). The intervention took place three times a week, with intensity that has varied between fifty five to seventy five per cent of the frequency maximum from heart.

Condition Intervention
Aging Other: Hiking

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Effects of a Hiking Study About the Functional Autonomy Levels in Old Women Analyzed by the Family Health Program

Further study details as provided by Universidade Camilo Castelo Branco:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • 10 meters [ Time Frame: seconds ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • meters [ Time Frame: seconds ]

Enrollment: 98
Study Start Date: September 2008
Study Completion Date: February 2009
Primary Completion Date: January 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Other: Hiking
    Three times by a week, thirty minutes, controlling heart frequency between fifty five per cent and seventy five per cent.
    Other Name: Funcionality, life style.
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Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Registered in a program of family health (PFH),
  • Age above 60 years,
  • Hypertension,
  • Not be trainee of physical activity and those who were at clinical conditions that composed the research.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Old women with any kind of infirmity that could interferes in study or that becomes a factor of prevention of the tests that were designed for functional anatomy.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00981734

Rubens Cesar Lucena da Cunha
Juazeiro do Norte, Ceará, Brazil, 63040-320
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universidade Camilo Castelo Branco
Principal Investigator: Functional Autonomy older women Universidade Camilo Castelo Branco
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Responsible Party: Rubens Ceasr Lucena da Cunha, Universidade Castelo Branco Identifier: NCT00981734     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0042/2008
Study First Received: September 14, 2009
Last Updated: September 21, 2009

Keywords provided by Universidade Camilo Castelo Branco:
life style
To have more than sixty years processed this record on August 16, 2017