Date of Award


Degree Type

Selective Evidence-Based Medicine Review

Degree Name

Master of Science in Health Sciences - Physician Assistant


Physician Assistant Studies


OBJECTIVE: The objective of this selective EBM review is to determine whether or not exercise improves the functionality of elderly individuals.

STUDY DESIGN: A review of three peer-reviewed studies published between 2012 and 2018.

DATA SOURCES: One unblinded randomized controlled trial, one blinded randomized control trial, and one matched-control group with randomized groups to show if exercise is beneficial to the functionality; focusing mainly on physical health, of elderly individuals.

OUTCOMES MEASURED: The outcome measured in this study is the quality of life of the patients in regards to their physical health from questionnaires filled out by the participants.

RESULTS: The studies conducted by Lok N et al, Langois et. al, and Janyacharoen T, et. al proved that there is a statistically significant correlation between exercise and increased functionality of elderly individuals (all p<0.05).

CONCLUSIONS: The results of these studies are conclusive and support the correlation of exercise and increased functionality of elderly individuals.