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Clinical Trial
, 82 (3), 419-25

The Validity and Reliability of the GAITRite System's Measurements: A Preliminary Evaluation

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The Validity and Reliability of the GAITRite System's Measurements: A Preliminary Evaluation

A L McDonough et al. Arch Phys Med Rehabil.

Abstract

Objective: To compare the concurrent validity and reliability of the GAITRite computerized gait analysis system with validated paper-and-pencil and video-based methods.

Design: Within-groups, repeated-measures design.

Setting: Research laboratory in a physical therapy education program.

Participant: One healthy woman, age 27 years.

Interventions: A subject walked across the walkway of the GAITRite system at various walking rates and degrees of step symmetry for 2 of the 3 analyses. Paper placed over the walkway enabled concurrent paper-and-pencil analysis. The subject was concurrently videotaped from the side. For the other analysis, a stride simulator with known step and stride lengths was applied to the walkway to simulate 2 steps and 1 stride.

Main outcome measures: Cadence, walking speed, right and left step and stride lengths, and right and left step times.

Results: Excellent paper-and-pencil and GAITRite correlations (intraclass correlation coefficient [ICC] > 95) for spatial measures and excellent video-based and GAITRite correlations (ICC > 93) for temporal measures were found. GAITRite measures of step lengths and times were reliable in both walkway center and left-of-center measurements.

Conclusions: Based on this data, GAITRite is a valid and reliable tool for measuring selected spatial and temporal parameters of gait.

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