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Volume 51 Number 5, 2014
   Pages 665 — 674

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

Arnaud Gouelle, PhD

Gait and Motion Analysis Unit, Hôpital Robert Debré, Paris, France

Abstract — Gait analysis systems are widely used for the assessment of gait disabilities and provide more accurate and detailed information than clinical tests. Scores and indexes have been proposed to summarize the large volume of data produced, each emphasizing different aspects of gait. Based on specific spatiotemporal gait parameters, the Functional Ambulation Performance Score (FAPS) quantifies gait at a self-selected speed. Integrated within electronic walkways, the FAPS is commonly used for clinical evaluations and has been used in an increasing number of publications over the past few years. However, 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 based on peer-reviewed articles and clinical experience and addresses important issues that must be considered for an optimal unbiased understanding and analysis of the score.

Key words: assessment, elderly, functional ambulation performance, functional ambulation profile, gait, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, score, spatiotemporal gait parameters, walking speed.


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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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