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Evid Based Med 10:119 doi:10.1136/ebm.10.4.119
  • Therapeutics

A functional task exercise programme was better than a resistance exercise programme in elderly women


 
 Q In elderly community dwelling women, is a functional task exercise programme (FTP) better than a resistance exercise programme (REP) for improving activities of daily living?

Clinical impact ratings GP/FP/Primary care ★★★★★☆☆ Geriatrics ★★★★★★☆ Physical medicine & rehabilitation ★★★★★☆☆

METHODS

GraphicDesign:

randomised controlled trial.

GraphicAllocation:

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GraphicBlinding:

blinded (data collectors).*

GraphicFollow up period:

12 weeks.

GraphicSetting:

community leisure centre in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

GraphicPatients:

98 elderly women ⩾70 years of age (mean age 74 y) who were medically fit to participate in an exercise programme. Exclusion criteria included recent fractures, unstable cardiovascular or metabolic diseases, and musculoskeletal disease or other chronic illness that might limit training or testing.

GraphicIntervention:

(i) FTP (core exercises done for >2 of 4 domains …