Disability and rehabilitation vol:25 issue:23 pages:1312-5
PURPOSE: The implementation of a physical reconditioning programme for patients with depressive and/or anxiety disorders requires a thorough evaluation of the physical fitness and the perceived exertion during exercise. This implies the use of reliable and clinically useful instruments. The present study examined the reliability of the Franz ergocycle test, as measure for cardio-respiratory fitness, and the Borg Category Ratio 10 Scale, as measure for subject-perceived exertion. METHOD: Sixty-eight hospitalized patients performed test and re-test of the Franz ergocycle test and the Borg CR 10 Scale with a between interval of 1 week. RESULTS: The Physical Work Capacity 130 and the Physical Work Capacity 150, determined by the Franz ergocycle test, had a proper to good test-re-test reliability (r ranged from 0.74 to 0.90). The Borg Category Ratio 10 Scale had a moderate reliability (r ranged from 0.42 to 0.82). CONCLUSIONS: The Franz ergocycle test seems to be a reasonable reliable instrument for measuring physical work capacity of these patients. Possible explanations for the simply moderate reliability of the Borg Category Ratio 10 Scale could be the low level of physical activity prior to hospitalization, and the depressive and anxiety symptoms that might influence the perceived exertion.