Measures of symmetry in gait. Methodological principles and clinical choices
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The aim of this thesis is to evaluate measures of gait symmetry in subjects with disease or injury related to one-sided affection. This thesis also aims to relate objective measures of gait quality (gait symmetry) to other more frequently used measures of function (gait velocity) and self-reported function in patients with disease or injury resulting in asymmetric gait. Finally, this thesis aims to emphasize how methodological and clinical perspectives and demands related to the exactness of objective measurements and clinical applicability may be united, although often considered incompatible.
Paper I: Hodt-Billington C., Helbostad J.L., Moe-Nilssen R. Should trunk movement or footfall parameters quantify gait asymmetry in chronic stroke patients? Gait and Posture 27(4): 552-558, May 2008. Full text not available in BORA due to publisher restrictions. The article is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2007.07.015Paper II: Hodt-Billington C., Helbostad J.L., Vervaat W., Rognsvåg T., Moe-Nilssen R. Criteria of gait asymmetry in patients with hip osteoarthritis. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 28(2): 134-141, February 2012. Full text not available in BORA due to publisher restrictions. The article is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09593985.2011.574783Paper III: Hodt-Billington C., Helbostad J.L., Vervaat W., Rognsvåg T., Moe-Nilssen R. Changes in gait symmetry, gait velocity and self-reported function following total hip replacement. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 43(9): 787-793, 2011. The article is available at: http://hdl.handle.net/1956/5710