Relationship between Barthel index with physical tests in adults with intellectual disabilities

Cuesta-Vargas, Antonio I. & Pérez-Cruzado, David (2014) Relationship between Barthel index with physical tests in adults with intellectual disabilities. SpringerPlus, 3(1), pp. 543-548.

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We usually find low levels of fitness condition affect other aspects of living for people with ID like dependency in carrying out activivities of daily living. Therefore we find high levels of dependency in activities of daily living due to poor fitness condition. The aim of the study is to explore the criterion validity of the Barthel index with a physical fitness test. An observational cross-sectional study was conducted. Data from the Barthel index and a physical fitness test were measured in 122 adults with intellectual disability. The data were analysed to find out the relationship between four categories of the physical fitness test and the Barthel index. It needs to be stressed that the correlations between the Barthel index and leg, abdominal and arm strength can confirm that these physical test are predictive of the Barthel index. The correlations between the balance variables as functional reach and single-leg stance with eyes open shown relationships with Barthel Index. We found important correlations between the physical fitness test and the Barthel index, so we can affirm that some physical fitness features are predictor variables of the Barthel index.

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ID Code: 85599
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Intellectual disability, Physical fitness test, Physical fitness, Physical condition, Barthel index, Relationships
DOI: 10.1186/2193-1801-3-543
ISSN: 2193-1801
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2015 06:47
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2015 04:17

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