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
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..View full abstract
Awarded by Singapore General Hospital Research Grants
Author RAC is funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship. The Singapore arm of the study was partly funded by the Singapore General Hospital Research Grants (SRG#04/2015 and SRG-AN#09/2016).