APTA is pleased to present Pamela Duncan with the Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award.
When people with stroke recover gait speed, they report
improved function and reduced disability. However, the minimal amount of change
in gait speed that is clinically meaningful and associated with an important
difference in function for people poststroke has not been determined. The
purpose of this study was to determine the minimal clinically important
difference for comfortable gait speed associated with an improvement in the
modified Rankin Scale score for people between 20 and 60 days poststroke. The
paper determined that clinicians can use this reference value to develop goals
and interpret progress in patients with subacute stroke.
Julie K. Tilson, PT, DPT, MS, NCS, Katherine J. Sullivan,
PT, PhD, FAHA, Dorian K. Rose, PT, PhD, and Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD, FAPTA, are authors of "Meaningful Gait Speed Improvement During
the First 60 Days Poststroke: Minimal Clinically Important Difference."
Tilson JK, Sullivan KJ, Cen CY,
Rose DK, Koradia CH, Azen PA, Duncan PW for the LEAPS Investigative Team.
Meaningful gait speed improvement during the first 60 days post stroke: Minimal
Clinically Important Difference. Phys Ther. 2010 Feb; 90(2).