Monitoring ambulation of patients in geriatric rehabilitation wards: the accuracy of clinicians' prediction of patients' walking time

Cheung, Vivian H. Y., Salih, Salih A., Crouch, Alisa, Karunanithi, Mohanraj K. and Gray, Len (2012) Monitoring ambulation of patients in geriatric rehabilitation wards: the accuracy of clinicians' prediction of patients' walking time. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 35 4: 375-377. doi:10.1097/MRR.0b013e32835a23e8


Author Cheung, Vivian H. Y.
Salih, Salih A.
Crouch, Alisa
Karunanithi, Mohanraj K.
Gray, Len
Title Monitoring ambulation of patients in geriatric rehabilitation wards: the accuracy of clinicians' prediction of patients' walking time
Journal name International Journal of Rehabilitation Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0342-5282
1473-5660
Publication date 2012-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/MRR.0b013e32835a23e8
Volume 35
Issue 4
Start page 375
End page 377
Total pages 3
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The aim of this study is to determine whether clinicians' estimates of patients' walking time agree with those determined by accelerometer devices. The walking time was measured using a waist-mounted accelerometer device everyday during the patients' waking hours. At each weekly meeting, clinicians estimated the patients' average daily walking time in the previous week. Twenty-eight clinicians completed 176 estimates of the average daily walking time for 13 patients (78.5±6.6 years old) over 31 weeks. The average daily walking time measured by the accelerometers was 36.4±16.2 min and that estimated by clinicians was 61.3±38.4 min. Clinicians overestimated the amount of walking time by 24.8 min on average (mean% error=165.8%). Most estimates were between an hour less to 2 h more than the accelerometer measurements. Only 38.6% of the estimates agreed with the accelerometer measurements. Therefore, clinician assessment of the level of patient activity in a rehabilitation setting is highly inaccurate and unreliable.
Keyword Accelerometry
Geriatric
Rehabilitation
Walking activity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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