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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9575214, 8 pages
Research Article

Validity of the German Version of the Continuous-Scale Physical Functional Performance 10 Test

1University Center for Medicine of Aging and Rehabilitation, Felix Platter-Hospital, Basel Mobility Center, Basel, Switzerland
2Department of Kinesiology, Institute of Gerontology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Irene Härdi

Received 21 February 2017; Accepted 1 June 2017; Published 9 July 2017

Academic Editor: Barbara Shukitt-Hale

Copyright © 2017 Irene Härdi 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.


Background. The Continuous-Scale Physical Functional Performance 10 Test (CS-PFP 10) quantitatively assesses physical functional performance in older adults who have a broad range of physical functional ability. This study assessed the validity and reliability of the CS-PFP 10 German version. Methods. Forward-translations and backtranslations as well as cultural adaptions of the test were conducted. Participants were German-speaking Swiss community-dwelling adults aged 64 and older. Concurrent validity was assessed using Pearson correlation coefficients between CS-PFP 10 and gait velocity, Timed Up and Go Test, hand grip strength, SF-36 physical function domain, and Freiburger Physical Activity Questionnaire. Internal consistency was calculated by Cronbach’s alpha. Results. Backtranslation and cultural adaptions were accepted by the CS-PFP 10 developer. CS-PFP 10 total score and subscores (upper body strength, upper body flexibility, lower body strength, balance and coordination, and endurance) correlated significantly with all measures of physical function tested. Internal consistency was high (Cronbach’s alpha 0.95–0.98). Conclusion. The CS-PFP 10 German version is valid and reliable for measuring physical functional performance in German-speaking Swiss community-dwelling older adults. Quantifying physical function is essential for clinical practice and research and provides meaningful insight into physical functional performance of older adults. This trial is registered with NCT01539200.