Tari D Topolski

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INTRODUCTION The Rapid Assessment of Physical Activity (RAPA) was developed to provide an easily administered and interpreted means of assessing levels of physical activity among adults older than 50 years. METHODS A systematic review of the literature, a survey of geriatricians, focus groups, and cognitive debriefings with older adults were conducted,(More)
The psychometric properties of the Youth Quality of Life Instrument-Research Version (YQOL-R) perceptual module are presented. Self-reports were obtained from 236 youth aged 12-18 years with mobility disability, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or without self-reported chronic conditions. Item and factor analyses confirmed the hypothesized(More)
BACKGROUND Evidence exists demonstrating the benefits of exercise for people with osteoarthritis, but little is known about whether exercise programs are effective, that is, whether the benefits of exercise can be seen in "real life" programs for "normal" people under nonlaboratory conditions. OBJECTIVE To identify characteristics of and outcomes for(More)
PURPOSE To assess the association between health-risk behaviors and self-perceived quality of life among adolescents METHODS A sample of 2801 students (957 seventh and eighth graders and 1844 ninth through twelfth graders) completed the Teen Assessment Survey (TAP) and the surveillance module of the Youth Quality of Life Instrument (YQOL-S). TAP responses(More)
Findings from the first twin analysis using the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) and a phenyl ethyl alcohol (PEA) threshold detection test are presented. A genetic influence on odor identification was suggested for males, but not for females, consistent with previous twin research on physical measures. In addition, females scored(More)
Genetic and environmental influences in the determination of individual differences in self-reported symptoms of separation anxiety (SAD), overanxious disorder (OAD), and manifest anxiety (MANX) were evaluated in children and adolescents for three age groups (8-10, 11-13, and 14-16). Symptom counts for SAD and OAD were assessed for 1,412 twin pairs using(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effectiveness of a community-based aquatic exercise program for improved quality of life among persons with osteoarthritis. METHOD Two hundred forty-nine adults with osteoarthritis were enrolled in a 20-wk randomized controlled trial of a preexisting community-based aquatic exercise program versus control. Intervention group(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate cost and outcomes of the Arthritis Foundation aquatic exercise classes from the societal perspective. DESIGN Randomized trial of 20-week aquatic classes. Cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gained was estimated using trial data. Sample size was based on 80% power to reject the null hypothesis that the cost/QALY gained would(More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain the domains that adolescents aged 11 to 18 years with congenital and acquired craniofacial differences (CFDs) consider important to their quality of life (QoL) to create a craniofacial-specific module. DESIGN Interviews and inductive qualitative methods were used to guide the development of a conceptual and measurement model of QoL(More)
OBJECTIVE Compare the quality of life (QOL) of youth living with visible facial differences (FDs) with youth living with a visible nonfacial difference (i.e., mobility limitations), an invisible difference (i.e., attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder), or no known difference. DESIGN An observational study of perceived QOL among adolescents with FDs (n(More)