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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 841985, 7 pages
Research Article

Functional Fitness and Self-Reported Quality of Life of Older Women Diagnosed with Knee Osteoarthrosis: A Cross-Sectional Case Control Study

1Postgraduate Program in Physical Education and Aging Science of São Judas Tadeu University (USJT), São Paulo, SP, Brazil
2Department of Physical Education, Nove de Julho University (UNINOVE), São Paulo, SP, Brazil
3Postgraduate Program in Biophotonics Applied to Health Sciences, Nove de Julho University (UNINOVE), São Paulo, SP, Brazil
4Department of Gerontology of Arts, Science and Humanities School of University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
5School of Science and Sport, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, UK

Received 14 November 2014; Revised 21 January 2015; Accepted 16 February 2015

Academic Editor: David William Molloy

Copyright © 2015 Paula Andréa Malveira Cavalcante et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Aim. Utilizing a cross-sectional case control design, the aim of this study was to evaluate the functional fitness and self-reported quality of life differences in older people diagnosed with knee osteoarthrosis (O) who participated in health promotion groups. Methods. Ninety older women were distributed into two groups: control without O of the knee (C, ) and a group diagnosed with primary and secondary knee O with grade II or higher, with definite osteophytes (OA, ). Functional fitness was evaluated by specific tests, and the time spent in physical activity and quality of life was evaluated by the IPAQ and WHOQOL (distributed in four domains: physical: P, psychological: PS, social: S, and environmental: E) domain questionnaires. Results. No differences were found between ages of groups (C: ; OA: ; years). The values of the chair stand test (rep) in the OA () group were different when compared to C group (). For the 6-minute walk test (meters), the values obtained for the C () were higher () than the OA () group. The time spent in physical activity (min) was greater () in the control () group compared to OA () group. Higher values () in all domains were found in the C (P: , PS: , S: , E: ) group compared to OA (P: , PS: , S: , E: ) group. Conclusion. Our data suggests that knee O, in older women, can promote a decline in time spent performing physical activity and functional fitness with decline in quality of life with an increase in sitting time.