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Use of Functional Ambulation Performance Score as measurement of gait ability: Review

Arnaud Gouelle, PhD

Gait analysis systems provide useful information to the clinician for assessing gait disabilities and evaluating improvements following a rehabilitation program. To facilitate the analysis of the extensive data yielded, summary measures have been proposed. For example, the Functional Ambulation Performance Score (FAPS) includes, in a single numerical score, several parameters such as walking speed, step length, and step width. The FAPS is commonly used for clinical evaluations, but its use is sometimes distorted by misunderstandings of its composition and calculation, practical and/or conceptual limits, and even the meaning of the score. This technical report reviews the use of the FAPS for the evaluation of gait and addresses important issues regarding clinical use and experimental design.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.09.0198

Volume 51 Number 5, 2014
   Pages 665 — 674


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Gouelle A. Use of Functional Ambulation Performance Score as measurement of gait ability: Review. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(5):665–74.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.09.0198
ResearcherID/ORCID: Arnaud Gouelle, PhD: H-3030-2014
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