Journal article

Dynamic balance and instrumented gait variables are independent predictors of falls following stroke

Kelly Bower, Shamala Thilarajah, Yong-Hao Pua, Gavin Williams, Dawn Tan, Benjamin Mentiplay, Linda Denehy, Ross Clark

JOURNAL OF NEUROENGINEERING AND REHABILITATION | BMC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Falls are common following stroke and are frequently related to deficits in balance and mobility. This study aimed to investigate the predictive strength of gait and balance variables for evaluating post-stroke falls risk over 12 months following rehabilitation discharge. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was undertaken in inpatient rehabilitation centres based in Australia and Singapore. A consecutive sample of 81 individuals (mean age 63 years; median 24 days post stroke) were assessed within one week prior to discharge. In addition to comfortable gait speed over six metres (6mWT), a depth-sensing camera (Kinect) was used to obtain fast-paced gait speed, stride length, cadenc..

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