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

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper

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

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown
Place of PublicationAMSTERDAM
PublisherI O S PRESS
Pages175 - 179
Number of pages5
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

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Conference9th European Conference for Advamcement of Assistive Technology in Europe
CitySan Sebastian

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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.

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