Reliability in the Parameterization of the Functional Reach Test in Elderly Stroke Patients: A Pilot Study

Merchán-Baeza, Jose Antonio, González-Sánchez, Manuel, & Cuesta-Vargas, Antonio Ignacio (2014) Reliability in the Parameterization of the Functional Reach Test in Elderly Stroke Patients: A Pilot Study. BioMed Research International, 2014, Article ID-637671.

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Postural instability is one of the major complications found in stroke survivors. Parameterising the functional reach test (FRT) could be useful in clinical practice and basic research.


To analyse the reliability, sensitivity, and specificity in the FRT parameterisation using inertial sensors for recording kinematic variables in patients who have suffered a stroke.


Cross-sectional study. While performing FRT, two inertial sensors were placed on the patient's back (lumbar and trunk).


Five subjects over 65 who suffer from a stroke.


FRT measures, lumbosacral/thoracic maximum angular displacement, maximum time of lumbosacral/thoracic angular displacement, time return initial position, and total time. Speed and acceleration of the movements were calculated indirectly.


FRT measure is  12.75±2.06 cm. Intrasubject reliability values range from 0.829 (time to return initial position (lumbar sensor)) to 0.891 (lumbosacral maximum angular displacement). Intersubject reliability values range from 0.821 (time to return initial position (lumbar sensor)) to 0.883 (lumbosacral maximum angular displacement). FRT's reliability was 0.987 (0.983-0.992) and 0.983 (0.979-0.989) intersubject and intrasubject, respectively.


The main conclusion could be that the inertial sensors are a tool with excellent reliability and validity in the parameterization of the FRT in people who have had a stroke.

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ID Code: 79699
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1155/2014/637671
ISSN: 2314-6141
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Clinical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
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Deposited On: 05 Jan 2015 05:11
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2015 00:32

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