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Map-based assessment of older adults’ life space : validity and reliability (2020)

Hinrichs, T., Zanda, A., Fillekes, M. P., Bereuter, P., Portegijs, E., Rantanen, T., Schmidt-Trucksäss, A., Zeller, A. W., & Weibel, R. (2020). Map-based assessment of older adults’ life space : validity and reliability. European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 17, Article 21. https://doi.org/10.1186/s11556-020-00253-7

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All authors or editorsHinrichs, Timo; Zanda, Adriana; Fillekes, Michelle P.; Bereuter, Pia; Portegijs, Erja; Rantanen, Taina; Schmidt-Trucksäss, Arno; Zeller, Andreas W.; Weibel, Robert

Journal or seriesEuropean Review of Aging and Physical Activity



Publication year2020

Publication date28/11/2020


Article number21

PublisherBiomed Central

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72925


Map-based tools have recently found their way into health-related research. They can potentially be used to quantify older adults’ life-space. This study aimed to evaluate the validity (vs. GPS) and the test-retest reliability of a map-based life-space assessment (MBA).

Life-space of one full week was assessed by GPS and by MBA. MBA was repeated after approximately 3 weeks. Distance-related (mean and maximum distance from home) and area-related (convex hull, standard deviational ellipse) life-space indicators were calculated. Intraclass correlations (MBA vs. GPS and test-retest) were calculated in addition to Bland-Altman analyses (MBA vs. GPS).

Fifty-eight older adults (mean age 74, standard deviation 5.5 years; 39.7% women) participated in the study. Bland-Altman analyses showed the highest agreement between methods for the maximum distance from home. Intraclass correlation coefficients ranged between 0.19 (95% confidence interval 0 to 0.47) for convex hull and 0.72 (95% confidence interval 0.52 to 0.84) for maximum distance from home. Intraclass correlation coefficients for test-retest reliability ranged between 0.04 (95% confidence interval 0 to 0.30) for convex hull and 0.43 (95% confidence interval 0.19 to 0.62) for mean distance from home.

While acceptable validity and reliability were found for the distance-related life-space parameters, MBA cannot be recommended for the assessment of area-related life-space parameters.

Keywordsolder peoplephysical activityability to moveliving environmentresidential environmentgeographic information systems

Free keywordsgeographic information systems; environment; mobility; aged

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Reporting Year2020

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