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Activity Number: 666
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Thursday, August 2, 2012 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Health Policy Statistics Section
Abstract - #306732
Title: Impact of Routine Exercises on the Quality of Life of Diabetics with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
Author(s): Philip Twumasi-Ankrah*+ and Tracie C. Collins
Companies: University of Kansas School of Medicine and University of Kansas School of Medicine
Address: 1010 North Kansas Street, Wichita, KS, 67214, United States
Keywords: quality of life ; SF-36 ; Peripheral Arterial Disease ; Ankle-Brachail Index ; IRT

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) results from obstruction of the large peripheral arteries. It usually affects the lower limbs. PAD is diagnosed by the Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI). An ABI < 0.90 indicates PAD. PAD has impact on the quality of life (QOL) of subjects by limiting mobility and overall functional capacity. Therapeutic strategies, including supervised exercises, can improving subjects' QOL, reduce the severity of claudication, and improve limb viability. Routine exercise is known to enhance general physical health in sedentary populations but not known in persons with PAD. We sought to characterize the improvement in QOL routine exercises confer on subjects by PAD status. We conducted a secondary analysis of a clinical trial which had randomized participants to a home-based walking intervention versus control. Participants completed baseline, three-, and six-month assessments by the SF-36v2 scales for bodily pain and physical functioning. In this report, systematic analyses for the SF-36 dimension scores will be presented. We will provide comparisons for subgroups of subjects with the maximum score and for the minimum score, and by PAD status. Comparisons of mean SF-36

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