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Title: Impact of the use of three dimensions of a walker in the functional performance profile in institutionalized elderly
Authors: Pedro Parreira
Manuel Lopes
César Fonseca
Keywords: rehabilitation
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2019
Citation: Pedro Parreira, Manuel Lopes, César Fonseca, Javier Berrocal, Jaime Galán, Arménio Cruz (2019). Impact of the use of three dimensions of a walker in the functional performance profile in institutionalized elderly. In: Braga, L. M., Alves, E. C., Siman, A. G., Fani, M. O., & Santos, F. B. (2019). CISBETI 2019-International Congress of Health, Well-Being, Technology and Innovation. BMC Health Services Research, 19(1), 448.
Abstract: Aging is associated with acute and chronic problems that can affect the mobility and independence of the elderly in self-care. Currently, there are several types of walkers on the market, which aim to compensate mobility limitations and fall episodes, however, different performance profiles may be associated with them. For the purpose of the study, a performance profile was defined for institutionalized elderly people, such as time spent walking speed, heart rate variance, and energy expenditure incurred in the institutionalization of the Expanded Timed Up and Go Test. Objective To compare the performance profile of institutionalized elderly people taking into account the time spent, walking speed, heart rate variance and the energy cost incurred in carrying out the Expanded Timed Up and Go Test in the use of a walker in its three dimensions: fixed, two wheels and four wheels. Method A quasi-experimental study, pre and post-test, single-group, in institutionalized elderly. Results When considering the variables of the performance profile when comparing the 3 dimensions of the walker, significant differences were observed in the time covered (X2 = 15.80, p <0.001) and walking speed (X2 = 15.80, p <0.001). Statistically significant differences were not found in the remaining variables. Conclusions To the extent that there is no single ideal walker, but personalized to the person's characteristics and needs, it is important to carry out new studies that allow the development and innovation of these devices, as well as the incorporation of new technologies into the competencies of nurses, as is the case of nurses who specialize in .
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