Early Signs for Assistive Technology Intervention for Stair Climbing in Older People

Ruth E. Mayagoitia, Lindsey Marjoram, Rachael King, Sheila Kitchen

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    Abstract

    Research was done combining functional tests, timed up and go (TUG), Berg balance test (BB S) and six minute walk (SMW), subjective scoring and speed of stair climbing. Three distinct groups were found: having considerable, having some and having no difficulties to climb stairs. Using ordinal logistic regression, the best indicator of belonging to one group or another was speed of descent (DS). People who normally go down faster than they go tip were classed as having no difficulty climbing stairs (p = 0.011, paired t test) while the people with some difficulties had about the same speed of going up and down stairs (p =0.968). The group a person is classified in could give an indication for the early prescription of suitable AT to aid stair climbing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnknown
    Place of PublicationAMSTERDAM
    PublisherI O S PRESS
    Pages175 - 179
    Number of pages5
    Volume20
    ISBN (Print)978-1-58603-791-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    Event9th European Conference for Advamcement of Assistive Technology in Europe - San Sebastian, Spain
    Duration: 3 Oct 20075 Oct 2007

    Publication series

    NameCHALLENGES FOR ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

    Conference

    Conference9th European Conference for Advamcement of Assistive Technology in Europe
    Country/TerritorySpain
    CitySan Sebastian
    Period3/10/20075/10/2007

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