Gait variability in older adults: a structured review of testing protocol and clinimetric properties

Susan E. Lord, Tracey E. Howe, Julia Greenland, Linda Simpson, Lynn Rochester

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Abstract

Gait variability (stride-to-stride fluctuations) is used increasingly as a marker for gait performance and future mobility status, cognitive status, and falls. This structured review explicitly examined literature that reported on the reliability, validity and responsiveness of gait variability in older adults. We searched Medline, Embase, Web of Science, Scopus, CINAHL, PEDRO, Biomechanics, SportDiscus and PsycInfo databases. Two independent reviewers undertook data extraction, with adjudication by a third reviewer in cases of disagreement. Twenty-two full papers were screened and 10 met the predefined inclusion criteria, involving 1036 participants who were mainly community dwelling older adults in their 8th decade. A wide range of gait variability parameters, testing protocols and calculations of gait variability were reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-450
Number of pages8
JournalGait and Posture
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011

Keywords

  • responsiveness
  • validity
  • variability
  • reliability
  • gait

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