Objective measures of physical capability and subsequent health: a systematic review

Rachel Cooper, Diana Kuh, Cyrus Cooper, Catharine R Gale, Debbie A Lawlor, Fiona Matthews, Rebecca Hardy, FALCon and HALCyon Study Teams, Leone Craig

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measures of physical capability may be predictive of subsequent health, but existing published studies have not been systematically reviewed. We hypothesised that weaker grip strength, slower walking speed and chair rising and shorter standing balance time, in community-dwelling populations, would be associated with higher subsequent risk of fracture, cognitive outcomes, cardiovascular disease, hospitalisation and institutionalisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-23
Number of pages10
JournalAge and Ageing
Issue number1
Early online date15 Sept 2010
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011


  • aged
  • aged, 80 and over
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • cognition disorders
  • female
  • hand strength
  • health status
  • humans
  • male
  • physical fitness
  • risk factors
  • walking


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