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Brain Inj. 2004 Oct;18(10):1041-8.

Test-re-test reliability of walking speed, step length and step width measurement after traumatic brain injury: a pilot study.

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Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Abstract

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:

Assess the test-re-test reliability of walking speed, step length and step width measurement in people with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

RESEARCH DESIGN:

Repeated measures (two test occasions).

METHODS:

Thirteen people with TBI completed four comfortable and four fast-paced walking trials of the 10 m walk test and two trials of the 6-minute walk test (6MWT). Walking speed, step length and step width were measured during the 10 m walk test and walking distance and average speed were measured during the 6MWT. The tests were repeated 1-week later.

MAIN RESULTS:

Walking speed and distance showed excellent test-re-test reliability, with an intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) of 0.95-0.96. Reliability was also high for step length and width measurement (ICC 0.91-0.98).

CONCLUSIONS:

This test-re-test reliability means that walking speed and distance and step length and width can be used by physiotherapists to monitor improvements in walking after TBI.

PMID:
15370902
DOI:
10.1080/02699050410001672314
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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