BioPsychoSocial Assessment Tools for the Elderly - Assessment Summary Sheet

Test: Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE)

Year: 1993

Domain: Biological

Assessment Tool Category: Physical Function

Variations/Translations: Japanese

Setting: Home

Method of Delivery: Telephone Interview

Description: Physical activity questionnaire developed with a grant from the U. S. National Institute on Aging. Designed to assess current level of activity (occupational, household and leisure) of community-dwelling older persons, aged 65 and older, through self report of a one week period. The older adult is asked how many days per week, and how much time was spent in each activity over the past week, graded in four categories: less than one hour, one but less than two hours, two to four hours and more than four hours. Was designed for epidemiological studies and exercise interventions, and can be administered by telephone, mail or in person.

Scoring/Interpretation: Amount of time spent in each activity multiplied by PASE item weights & adding all scores together for a final PASE score. A high score indicates a high level of physical activity.

Time to Administer: 5 to 15 minutes

Ordering information: Distributor: New England Research Institutes, Inc. (NERI)

Phone: 800.775.6374

Software: N/A


Quantitative/Qualitative: Quantitative

Validity (Quantitative): Moderate convergent validity (r = 0.25 to 0.42), good construct validity

Reliability (Quantitative): Good test-retest (0.75)


Hagiwara, A., Ito, N., Sawai, K., & Kazuma, K. (2008). Validity and reliability of the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) in Japanese people. Geriatrics & Gerontology International, 8, 143-151.

Schuit, A. J., Schouten, E. G., Westerterp, K. R., & Saris, W. H. (1997). Validity of the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE): According to energy expenditure assessed by the doubly labelled water method. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 50(5), 541- 546.

Washburn, R. A., Smith, K. W., Jette, A. M., & Janney, C. A. (1993). The Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE) : Development and evaluation. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 46(2), 153-162.

Washburn, R. A., McAuley, E., Katula, J., Mihalko, S. L., & Boileau, R. A. (1999). The Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE): Evidence for validity. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 52(7), 643- 651.