Table 1.

Columns of Activities, Grouped by Metabolic Equivalents (METs), for Tennessee Functional Status Questionnaire (TFSQ) Questions 1 and 2

Columns for TFSQ 1 and 2
A (<3 METs)B (3 to <4 METs)C (4 to <5 METs)D (5 to <6 METs)E (>= 6 METs)
  • Self-care—shower/wash, dress, use bathroom, eat

  • Activities in column A, and at least 1 activity below:

  • Activities in column B, and at least 1 activity below:

  • Activities in column C and at least one activity below:1

  • Activities in column D and at least 1 activity below:

  • Shop at store, make food

  • Child care—lift a child

  • Elder care, care for disabled adult

  • Walk/run—play with children—vigorous only active periods

  • Move furniture, household items, carry boxes

  • Walk around house

  • Sweep/vacuum/clean inside house

  • Sweep outside house, sidewalk, or garage

  • Carry 1-pound to 15-pound pound load upstairs

  • Walk 3.5 mph (very fast) up hill

  • Sit at computer

  • Walk the dog/walk on flat firm surface

  • Push a wheelchair/walk fast while holding less than 25 pounds

  • Walk fast on a flat surface (4 mph) (walk a mile in 15 minutes)

  • Jog, singles tennis, basketball game, hard workout (high-impact aerobics)

  • Ride mower, water grass

  • Trim shrubs or trees, use leaf blower

  • Push a power mower, rake lawn, play golf (walk and pull clubs)

  • Softball or baseball; tennis, doubles; health club/gym workout

  • Activities in each column are grouped by intensity level, reported as multiples of the patient’s baseline metabolic rate. 1 MET = a patient’s baseline metabolic rate (amount of oxygen consumed at rest). For example: 3 METs = physical activity intensity equal to approximately 3 times the patient’s baseline metabolic rate.

  • Abbreviation: METs, metabolic equivalents.