Physical Functional Performance
Designed to assess physical function in several physical domains, the original scale was developed for healthy older adults and consists of 15 everyday tasks that increase in difficulty from easy to hard (Cress et al. 1996). The tasks provide an assessment of five domains: upper- and lower-body strength, upper-body flexibility, balance and coordination, and endurance. Samples of the tasks include carrying a pan of water for 1 m; making a double bed with a fitted sheet, comforter, and pillows; and getting into and out of a bathtub. Scoring on each item was standardized to range from 0 to 12. Zero is assigned to individuals unable or unwilling to perform a task, one for performance in the bottom 10% of performance, and 12 for the top 10% of performance. The norms were established in 78 individuals living in the community who were on average 72 years of age. Domain scores are obtained by summing the scaled scores of each item within the domain; a...
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