Investigation of the Dynamic Gait Index in children

A pilot study

Anat Lubetzky, Tracy L. Jirikowic, Sarah Westcott McCoy

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Abstract

Purpose: We investigated the feasibility and construct validity of the Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) in children and explored interrater and test-retest reliability. Methods: DGI performance of 10 children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), aged 8 to 15 years, was compared with that of 10 age- and sex-matched children with typical development (TD). Interrater reliability was evaluated for 16 children (10 TD, 6 FASD); 11 children returned for a retest (5 TD, 6 FASD). Results: The DGI is simple for raters to learn and easy to administer in children. A Mann-Whitney U test identified a significant difference on the DGI total score between children with FASD and TD (P = .01). Interrater and test-retest reliability were promising but need to be further explored. Conclusions: The DGI was feasible and valid in a population of children aged 8 to 15 years with FASD and TD. Some modifications are suggested for administration of the DGI in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-273
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Physical Therapy
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

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Keywords

  • adolescent
  • balance
  • child
  • construct validity
  • feasibility
  • fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  • pediatrics
  • postural control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Medicine(all)

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Investigation of the Dynamic Gait Index in children : A pilot study. / Lubetzky, Anat; Jirikowic, Tracy L.; McCoy, Sarah Westcott.

In: Pediatric Physical Therapy, Vol. 23, No. 3, 09.2011, p. 268-273.

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Lubetzky, Anat ; Jirikowic, Tracy L. ; McCoy, Sarah Westcott. / Investigation of the Dynamic Gait Index in children : A pilot study. In: Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2011 ; Vol. 23, No. 3. pp. 268-273.
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