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A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Prescribed Stepper Walking Program in Preventing Frailty Among the Dwelling Elderly

Application of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Kuo, Mei-Chen, PhD; Chen, Ching-Min, DNS; Jeng, Chii, DNSc

doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000198
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This is the first article that described the effect of a prescribed stepper walking program based on comprehensive geriatric assessment in preventing the general fitness of older adults. An experimental design was conducted with 36 elderly individuals (experiment = 15, control = 21) who were asked to have a 30-minute stepper walking exercise twice per week in the research center. The effectiveness of the program would be evaluated in 8 weeks. The results indicated that the 6-minute walk test, body mass index, waist-hip ratio, body composition percentage, and 3-m up and go test improved after an 8-week exercise training in the experimental group.

Department of Nursing, Cardinal Tien College of Healthcare and Management, New Taipei City, Taiwan (Dr Kuo); Department of Nursing/Graduate Institute of Gerontology, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan (Dr Chen); and Graduate Institute of Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan (Dr Jeng).

Correspondence: Ching-Min Chen, DNS, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, No. 1, University Rd, East Dist, Tainan City 70101, Taiwan (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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