Journal article

An automated, electronic assessment tool can accurately classify older adult postural stability

Liam Johnson, Adam Fry, Behdad Dehbandi, Lawrence Rubin, Michael Halem, Alexandre Barachant, Anna H Smeragliuolo, David Putrino

JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Current methods of balance assessment in the clinical environment are often subjective, time-consuming and lack clinical relevance for non-ambulatory older adults. The objective of this study was to develop a novel method of balance assessment that utilizes data collected using the Microsoft Kinect 2 to create a Berg Balance Scale score, which is completely determined by statistical methods rather than by human evaluators. 74 older adults, both healthy and balance impaired, were recruited for this trial. All participants completed the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) which was scored independently by trained physical therapists. Participants then completed the items of the "Modified Berg Balance Sca..

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