Walking speed as a predictor of community mobility and quality of life after stroke

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Abstract

Background: Community mobility (CM) is considered a part of community reintegration that enhances Quality of Life (QoL). Achieving an appropriate gait speed is essential in attaining an independent outdoor ambulation and satisfactory CM. Objective: The aim of this study was to identify whether gait speed is a predictor of CM and QoL in patients with stroke following a multimodal rehabilitation program (MRP). Methods: This was a baseline control trial with 6-months follow-up in an outpatient rehabilitation setting at a university hospital. Twenty-six stroke survivors completed the MRP (24 sessions, 2 days/wk, 1 hr/session). The MRP consisted of aerobic exercise, task-oriented exercises, balance exercises and stretching. Participants also performed an ambulation program at home. Outcome variables were: walking speed (10-m walking test) and QoL (physical and psychosocial domains of Euroquol and Sickness Impact Profile). Results: At the end of the intervention, comfortable and fast walking speed increased by an average of 0.16 (SD 0.21) (*p 
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-358
Number of pages10
JournalTopics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Volume26
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • community mobility
  • gait speed
  • quality of life
  • rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • GLOBAL BURDEN
  • STATEMENT
  • EXERCISE RECOMMENDATIONS
  • IMPACT
  • REHABILITATION
  • WORK
  • PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
  • GAIT SPEED
  • SURVIVORS
  • POSTSTROKE

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