A Cross-Sectional Study of the Predictability of a Questionnaire About Difficulty in Climbing Up or Down Stairs in Objective Measures of Functional Status in Elderly Patients With Prostate Cancer
Physical Function Interview:
If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked 6 questions. The first 2
questions ask about your physical ability to walk up and down stairs. The next 4 questions
ask about your history of falling down in the last year, symptoms of depression, loss of
urinary control, vision problems, and your ability to function physically. If you report
that you have fallen down more than 3 times in the last year, you will automatically be
referred for a physical therapy evaluation at M. D. Anderson.
Physical Function Tests:
After you have completed the questionnaires, you will perform 3 physical function tests:
- For the first test, you will sit in a chair, stand up, walk 10 feet as quickly and
safely as possible, turn around, return to the chair and sit again. This test will be
timed. You will perform this test 3 times, the average of the times will be recorded.
There will be no rest break between each test.
- For the next test, you will stand only on 1 leg as long as possible, and this time will
- You will complete a grip strength test. You will grip a small device in 1 hand and
squeeze as hard as you can while you are in a seated position. You will perform this
test 3 times and your best measurement will be recorded. There will be no rest period
between the 3 tests.
Symptom Assessment Interview:
After you complete the physical function tests, you will be asked to rate any symptoms you
experience on a scale from 0-10 (with 0 being the best and 10 being worst). You will be
asked to rate symptoms of things such as pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, anxiety,
drowsiness, and shortness of breath.
Medical Record Information:
Information will be collected from your medical record. This information will include your
age, race, gender, weight, height, body mass index, disease diagnosis, history of
chemotherapy and medications, and medical history.
The physical function interview, tests of physical function, and symptom assessment
interview will take about 45 minutes total to complete during an already-scheduled visit to
Length of Study:
Your participation on this study will be over after you have completed the questionnaires,
physical function tests, and the symptom assessment.
This is an investigational study. Up to 60 people will take part in this study. All will
be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Number Patient Falls + Activity Limitations Using Functional Tests
45 minutes total to complete during already-scheduled clinic visit
Ying Guo, MD
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
United States: Institutional Review Board
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