Physical Activity Characteristics across GOLD Quadrants Depend on the Questionnaire Used

Di, Yuanpu Peter, Demeyer, Heleen, Gimeno-Santos, Elena, Rabinovich, Roberto, Hornikx, Miek, Louvaris, Zafeiris, de Boer, Willem, Karlsson, Niklas, de Jong, Corina, Van der Molen, Thys, Vogiatzis, Ioannis, Janssens, Wim, Garcia-Aymerich, Judith, Troosters, Thierry and Polkey, Michael (2016) Physical Activity Characteristics across GOLD Quadrants Depend on the Questionnaire Used. PLoS ONE, 11 (3). e0151255. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

Background
The GOLD multidimensional classification of COPD severity combines the exacerbation risk with the symptom experience, for which 3 different questionnaires are permitted. This study investigated differences in physical activity (PA) in the different GOLD quadrants and patient’s distribution in relation to the questionnaire used.

Methods
136 COPD patients (58±21% FEV1 predicted, 34F/102M) completed COPD assessment test (CAT), clinical COPD questionnaire (CCQ) and modified Medical Research Council (mMRC) questionnaire. Exacerbation history, spirometry and 6MWD were collected. PA was objectively measured for 2 periods of 1 week, 6 months apart, in 5 European centres; to minimise seasonal and clinical variation the average of these two periods was used for analysis.

Results
GOLD quadrants C+D had reduced PA compared with A+B (3824 [2976] vs. 5508 [4671] steps.d-1, p<0.0001). The choice of questionnaire yielded different patient distributions (agreement mMRC-CAT κ = 0.57; CCQ-mMRC κ = 0.71; CCQ-CAT κ = 0.72) with different clinical characteristics. PA was notably lower in patients with an mMRC score ≥2 (3430 [2537] vs. 5443 [3776] steps.d-1, p <0.001) in both the low and high risk quadrants.

Conclusions
Using different questionnaires changes the patient distribution and results in different clinical characteristics. Therefore, standardization of the questionnaire used for classification is critical to allow comparison of different studies using this as an entry criterion.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
C700 Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
C900 Others in Biological Sciences
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2018 10:44
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 10:44
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33061

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