A tool to assist in patient analysis

 

APA Innovation Advisor Barry Nguyen reviews a useful gait analysis app, which helps physiotherapists examine how a patient walks.

GAIT SPEED

Developer: Rachael Walton-Mouw
Get it: Apple app store or Google Play store
Price: $1.49

The Gait Speed mobile app is a functional measurement that can be used by physiotherapists to analyse a patient’s safety, confidence, and effectiveness in walking. The app features a timer, which a physiotherapist can start and stop at pre-determined gait distances and collect multiple time trials while assessing your patient’s walking.

A patient’s results can be saved on a history page with a time stamp to allow for easy identification and access, or you can save with a password in the physiotherapy information section. Although all patient data is stored in the cloud, it may not be secure.

Pros:

  • useful in geriatric or neurological rehabilitation environment
  • easy to use timer—use ‘eyes free’ external volume buttons or large simple button on screen to start and stop
  • customisable distance in metres or feet
  • option for password protection
  • able to manage and export patient data.

Cons:

  • pre-set gait distances do not include 10 metres, only 10 feet
  • the data is saved in the cloud.
Note: The views expressed by the reviewer are not necessarily those of the APA.

ATTENTION ALL APP AFICIONADOS. Interested in reviewing an app for InMotion? Or do you have a suggestion for an app to be reviewed? Either way, we want to hear from you. Email barry.nguyen@australian.physio to indicate your interest or to share your suggestion.

 

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