Title

Determinants of Use of a Walking Device in Persons With Parkinson's Disease

Publication/Presentation Date

10-2014

Abstract

Objective To identify determinants for the use of a walking device in persons with Parkinson's disease (PD). Design Cross-sectional study of participants with PD. Setting Laboratory. Participants Persons with PD (N=85; 60 men) were studied. Their mean age was 69.4±8.9 years. The average time since diagnosis was 7.9±5.3 years. Interventions Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures Age, sex, disease duration, disease severity, and motor impairment were recorded. Participants were asked whether they usually used any walking device (eg, cane or walker) and were categorized as either an “independent walker” or a “device walker.” Clinical balance measures including functional reach, turn duration, 5-meter timed Up and Go (5m-TUG) test, and Activities-specific Balance Confidence (ABC) scale were investigated for their contribution to the prediction of walking with a device. Results Thirty-one participants (36.5%) reported that they usually used a walking device. Classification and regression tree analysis determined that the 5m-TUG test and the ABC scale were important factors in differentiating participants who used a walking device from those who did not. Critical thresholds included 13 seconds for the 5m-TUG test and a score of 75 for the ABC scale in determining device walking. Using only these 2 determinants, the classification and regression tree model correctly classified 81% of the patients as either independent or needing a walking device. Conclusion The 5m-TUG test and the ABC scale may be useful in clinical assessments of the need for a walking device in persons with PD.

Volume

95

Issue

10

First Page

1940

Last Page

1945

ISSN

0003-9993

Disciplines

Diseases | Medical Sciences | Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nervous System Diseases | Neurology | Physical Therapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy

PubMedID

24953250

Department(s)

Department of Medicine

Document Type

Article