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Work intensity of wheelchair propulsion performed by the disabled elderly people in the daily life of the facility of health care services for the elderly Mihoko Noda 1 , Masayuki Soma 1 , Kazuyuki Kida 2 , Reizo Mita 2 1Department of Occupational Therapeutics, Hirosaki University School of Allied Medical Sciences 2Department of Public Health, Hirosaki University School of Medicine Keyword: 老人保健施設 , 障害老人 , 日常生活 , (車椅子駆動) , (運動強度) , the facility of health care services for the elderly , disabled elderly , daily life , wheelchair propulsion , work intensity pp.355-360
Published Date 2000/8/15
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 The purpose of this study was to quantitate the work intensity of wheelchair (w/c) propulsion performed by disabled elderly people in the daily life of a facility of health care services for the elderly. Seven disabled elderly people (mean age of 80 yr) volunteered to participate in this study. The work intensity of w/c propulsion performed by them in the experimental condition for 5 minutes at their usual speed, was 2 METs and 94 beats/min on average. There was no subject who thought the work hard (RPE=15). While the work intensity of w/c propulsion performed by them naturally in their 24 hours daily life was 83 beats/min on average. In each subject, the velocity of w/c propulsion in the experimental condition was almost the same as the fastest one observed in daily life. These results show that the intensity of w/c propulsion in the experimental condition corresponds almost to the upper limit intensity of w/c propulsion performed actually in daily life.


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