Inger Olson

Publication Details

  • Correlation of Subjective Questionnaires With Cardiac Function as Determined by Exercise Testing in a Pediatric Population PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY Burns, R., Olson, I., Kazmucha, J., Balise, R., Chin, R., Chin, C. 2010; 31 (7): 1043-1048


    Although exercise testing is an important objective method used to assess cardiopulmonary function, subjective assessment often is used as a proxy in the clinical setting. This study aimed to determine whether responses to a subjective functional capacity questionnaire administered to parents and patients in a pediatric exercise laboratory correlate with objective assessment of functional capacity, measured by peak oxygen consumption during maximal voluntary exercise testing.Subjective questionnaire responses and exercise test results collected over 10 years were retrospectively analyzed. Symptoms and physical capabilities were assessed using a 6-point Likert scale regarding the ability to attend school/work, walk, climb stairs, and run, as well as the frequency of fatigue, palpitations, and chest pain. Values of 0 to 3 were considered abnormal, whereas values of 4-5 were regarded as normal. Exercise testing was performed on a stationary cycle ergometer with a continuous ramping protocol. Heart rate and oxygen saturation were continuously monitored. Blood pressures and electrocardiograms (ECGs) were obtained at 2-min intervals. Metabolic gas analysis was performed using a breath-by-breath method. The results of the exercise testing were normalized for body size and expressed as a percentage of predicted peak oxygen consumption (%pVO(2)).Very weak but statistically significant correlations (? < 0.25; P < 0.05) between the scores of the school/work, walking, stair climbing, running, and fatigue items and %pVO(2) were found using Kendall's rank correlations.The subjective Likert scales used to assess basic physical capacity and cardiac-associated symptoms have limited ability to predict actual functional capacity as measured by %pVO(2) achieved. The very weak rank-order correlation between %pVO(2) achieved and the subjective reporting of the ability to attend school/work, walk, climb stairs, and run has low clinical significance and will not be useful in predicting functional capacity within the clinic setting.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s00246-010-9761-2

    View details for Web of Science ID 000282424800015

    View details for PubMedID 20811883

Stanford Medicine Resources:

Footer Links: