Date of Award
Selective Evidence-Based Medicine Review
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.
Caputo, Nicholas L., "Is Exercise Beneficial to the Functionality of Elderly Individuals?" (2020). PCOM Physician Assistant Studies Student Scholarship. 567.