Pamela Duncan, PT, PhD, FAPTA

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). 

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