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Title: Handgrip strength of community-dwelling elderly in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand
Other Titles: แรงบีบมือของผู้สูงอายุไทยที่อาศัยอยู่ในชุมชนในจังหวัดนครราชสีมา
Authors: Jitwadee Horpibulsuk
Wannisa Nutkhum
Pornsiri Jongjol
Keywords: HGS
Thai elderly
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University
Citation: Chiang Mai Medical Journal 58, 1 (Jan-Mar 2019), 15-22
Abstract: Objective To investigate handgrip strength (HGS) in Thai elderly living in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand, and to examine factors related to HGS. Methods In this is a cross-sectional analytical study, participants were elderly individuals (age >60 years) living in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Demographic characteristics, anthropometric measurements, and Barthel Activities of Daily Living index (ADL) were recorded. Assessment of grip strength of the dominant hand was conducted following standardized testing procedures of the American Society of Hand Therapists. Results The mean age (±SD) of the 491 participants was 69.15±6.86 years. The mean HGS for male participants was signif cantly higher than for females (24.93±7.45 vs 16.17±4.82, p<0.001), but there was a signif cant decline in HGS with age in both genders (r=-0.310, p<0.01). Dividing participants by BMI found that normal and overweight individuals had a higher HGS than underweight participants ( p<0.001). Conclusion As age increases, the HGS of both males and females declines. Elderly males have a higher HGS than females. Elderly (age ≥ 60 years) of both genders have a statistically signif cantly higher HGS than underweight individuals.
Description: Chiang Mai Medical Journal (Formerly Chiang Mai Medical Bulletin) is an official journal of the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University. It accepts original papers on clinical and experimental research that are pertinent in the biomedical sciences. The Journal is published 4 issues/year (i.e., Mar, Jun, Sep, and Dec).
ISSN: 0125-5983
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