Daily step counts in a US cohort with COPD
Respiratory Medicine, 05/21/2012
Moy ML et al. – The findings will aid the design of future studies using daily step counts in COPD. Accurately measured, daily step counts decline over time partly due to season and capture unique information about COPD status.Methods
- 127 persons with stable COPD wore the StepWatch Activity Monitor (SAM) for 14 days, and 102 of them wore it a median 3.9 months later.
- SAM counts were compared to manual counts in the clinic.
- The authors assessed change over time, the effect of season, and relationships with forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) % predicted, 6–min walk test (6MWT) distance, the modified Medical Research Council (MMRC) dyspnea score, and the St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire Total Score (SGRQ–TS).
- 98% of subjects were males, with mean age 71 ± 8 years and FEV1 1.48 ± 0.54 L (52 ± 19% predicted).
- All 4 GOLD stages were represented, with the most subjects in GOLD II (44%) and GOLD III (37%).
- The SAM had >90% accuracy in 99% of subjects.
- Average step count was 5680 steps/day, which decreased with increasing GOLD stage (p = 0.0046).
- Subjects walked 645 fewer steps/day at follow–up, which was partly explained by season of monitoring (p = 0.013).
- In a multivariate model, FEV1 % predicted, 6MWT distance and MMRC score were weakly associated with daily step counts, while SGRQ–TS was not.