Journal article

The Diagnostic Value of the Short Physical Performance Battery for Sarcopenia

Steven Phu, Ben Kirk, Ebrahim Bani Hassan, Sara Vogrin, Jesse Zanker, Solange Bernardo, Gustavo Duque

Research Square | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia is defined as the age-related loss of muscle mass, strength and physical performance. The original European Working Group on Sarcopenia in Older Persons (EWGSOP1) definition, and its revision (EWGSOP2), provide new cut-points and alternate measures for sarcopenia diagnosis. However, sarcopenia is rarely diagnosed in clinical settings owing to its labour-intensive screening process. Given the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB) is a quick, easily administrable and objective measure of muscle strength and physical performance, both of which are key components of sarcopenia, this study examined the diagnostic value of the SPPB for this muscle disease. METHODS: A cro..

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