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Sensor-based gait analyses of the six-minute walk test identify qualitative improvement in gait parameters of people with multiple sclerosis after rehabilitation

Abstract

The aim of this work was to determine whether wearable inertial measurement units (IMUs) could detect gait improvements across different disability groups of people with Multiple Sclerosis (pwMS) by the six-minute walk test (6MWT) during a rehabilitation stay in a specialized rehabilitation center. Forty-six pwMS and 20 healthy controls (HC) were included in the study. They performed the 6MWT with two inertial measurement units (IMUs) placed on the feet. Thirty-two of the pwMS were retested at the end of the stay. PwMS were divided in a mild-disability and a moderate-disability group. The 6MWT was divided in six sections of 1 min each for technical analysis, and linear mixed models were used for statistical analyses. The comparison between the two disability groups and HC highlighted significant differences for each gait parameter (all p 

Category

Academic article

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 270791

Language

English

Author(s)

Affiliation

  • Oslo University Hospital
  • University of Oslo
  • SINTEF Digital / Smart Sensor Systems
  • Unknown
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Year

2022

Published in

Journal of Neurology

ISSN

0340-5354

Publisher

Springer

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