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Relationship between Dual-Task Gait Speed and Walking Activity Poststroke


Feld, Jody A.; Zukowski, Lisa A.; Howard, Annie Green; Giuliani, Carol A.; Altmann, Lori J. P.; Najafi, Bijan; & Plummer, Prudence (2018). Relationship between Dual-Task Gait Speed and Walking Activity Poststroke. Stroke, 49(5), 1296-1298. PMCID: PMC6034633


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Gait speed does not adequately predict whether stroke survivors will be active in the community. This may be because traditional single-task gait speed does not sufficiently reproduce the demands of walking in the real world. This study assessed whether dual-task gait speed accounts for variance in daily ambulatory activity above what can be predicted with habitual (single task) gait speed in community-dwelling stroke survivors.
METHODS: Twenty-eight community-dwelling individuals, 58.2 years of age (SD=16.6), 8.9 months poststroke (interquartile range, 3.7-19.4), completed a gait and cognitive task in single- and dual-task conditions. Daily ambulatory activity was captured using a physical activity monitor. A regression analysis examined R(2) changes with single- and dual-task gait speed.
RESULTS: Single-task gait speed explained 15.3% of the variance in daily ambulatory activity (P=0.04). Adding dual-task gait speed to the regression model increased the variance explained by an additional 20.6% (P=0.04).
CONCLUSIONS: Gait speed assessed under attention-demanding conditions may improve explanation of variance in daily ambulatory activity after stroke.


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Feld, Jody A.
Zukowski, Lisa A.
Howard, Annie Green
Giuliani, Carol A.
Altmann, Lori J. P.
Najafi, Bijan
Plummer, Prudence