Computational protocol: Effects of an adapted physical activity program on psychophysical health in elderly women

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[…] Health-related QOL was evaluated by the SF-36 Health Survey, which assesses participants self-reported health QOL using physical and mental composite scores. It investigated two dimensions: physical component summary (PCS-36, physical domain of SF-36, scores ranging from 0 to 100) and mental component summary (MCS-36, mental domain of SF-36, scores ranging from 0 to 100). In particular, this questionnaire measures health-related functions along eight subscales: PF, role-physical (RP) limitations caused by physical problems, bodily pain (BP), general health perception (GH), role-emotional (RE) limitations caused by emotional problems, social functioning (SF), VT, and MH. Specifically, the PF, RP, BP, and GH belong to the physical component, while VT, SF, RE, and MH belong to the mental component. PCS and MCS of the SF-36 showed good internal consistency and reliability, with alpha coefficients of 0.82 and 0.79, respectively. The MCS and the PCS were scored with norm-based methods. All data were acquired before (pretest) and after (posttest) the experiment. [...] Results were expressed as mean ± standard deviation. Two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with repeated measures was used to evaluate differences over time in anthropometric parameters, spinal measures, and physical and mental composite scores of the SF-36 Health Survey between CG and TG in response to treatment using the “per protocol” and ITT approaches. Time (baseline-posttest)*group (control-trained) interaction was considered and the Bonferroni correction was applied as post hoc test. To examine between-group differences at baseline, t-tests of independent samples were conducted for anthropometric parameters, spinal measures, and physical and mental composite scores of the SF-36 Health Survey. The mean differences and 95% confidence intervals were calculated for the experimental group and the CG. Statistical significance was accepted as P<0.05. Levene’s test was used to assess the homogeneity of variance. All data were evaluated using STATISTICA 8.0 Software, version 10 (Statsoft Inc, Tulsa, OK, USA). […]

Pipeline specifications

Software tools Rp-Bp, Statistica
Applications Miscellaneous, Ribo-seq analysis
Organisms Homo sapiens
Diseases Intellectual Disability, Pain, Malformations of Cortical Development, Group I