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Inter- and intraobserver repeatability of the Salford Gait Tool: an observation based clinical gait assessment tool

Toro, B, Nester, CJ and Farren, PC 2007, 'Inter- and intraobserver repeatability of the Salford Gait Tool: an observation based clinical gait assessment tool' , Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 88 (3) , pp. 328-332.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the inter- and intraobserver repeatability of the Salford Gait Tool (SF-GT), a new observation-based gait assessment tool for evaluating sagittal plane cerebral palsy (CP) gait. DESIGN: Masked comparative evaluation. SETTING: University in the United Kingdom. PARTICIPANTS: A convenience sample of 23 pediatric physical therapists with varying degrees of clinical experience recruited from the Greater Manchester area. INTERVENTION: Participants viewed videotapes of the sagittal plane gait of 13 children and used the SF-GT to analyze their 13 different gait styles on 2 occasions. Eleven children had hemiplegic, diplegic, or quadriplegic CP and 2 were neurologically intact. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Inter- and intraobserver repeatability of hip, knee, and ankle joint positions at 6 different phases of the gait cycle. RESULTS: The SF-GT demonstrated good interobserver (77%) and intraobserver (75%) repeatability. CONCLUSIONS: We have established that the SF-GT is a repeatable clinical assessment tool with which to guide the diagnosis, treatment planning, and evaluation of interventions by pediatric physical therapists of sagittal plane gait deviations in CP.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cerebral palsy, gait, kinematics, observer variation, physical therapy techniques, rehabilitation
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 00039993
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2007 09:02
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/200

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