Assessment of dependence on assistive ambulatory devices among older adults

A new tool

Hao Liu, Reta Zabel, Victor Prati

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The use of an assistive ambulatory device (AAD) such as a cane or walker may potentially be linked to a greater risk of falling. This study examined the test and re-test reliability of an instrument developed by the authors: the Ambulatory Device Dependence Efficacy Scale (ADDES), which assesses older institutionalized adults’ level of dependence on an AAD, with the aim of determining the relationship (if any) between AAD dependence and falling.

Thirty-five AAD users from two assistive living facilities qualified to participate in this study. The validity of the ADDES was evaluated by three experienced physical therapists working in geriatric settings. The test reliability of the ADDES and how it related to history of falling were also assessed and analysed. This study found the ADDES scale to be highly reliable in testing how dependent an AAD user is on his/her AAD during walking. Findings showed that dependence on an AAD is positively correlated with the length of time it has been used. ADDES scores may indicate the level of falls risk, although a follow-up study is suggested to explore this relationship further.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-423
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Volume14
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

Fingerprint

Self-Help Devices
Accidental Falls
Equipment and Supplies
Canes
Physical Therapists
Geriatrics
Walking

Keywords

  • Assistive ambulatory devices
  • Elderly
  • Fall
  • Mobility

Cite this

@article{d69234f948414bf796a0e0e9cb1ba18f,
title = "Assessment of dependence on assistive ambulatory devices among older adults: A new tool",
abstract = "The use of an assistive ambulatory device (AAD) such as a cane or walker may potentially be linked to a greater risk of falling. This study examined the test and re-test reliability of an instrument developed by the authors: the Ambulatory Device Dependence Efficacy Scale (ADDES), which assesses older institutionalized adults’ level of dependence on an AAD, with the aim of determining the relationship (if any) between AAD dependence and falling.Thirty-five AAD users from two assistive living facilities qualified to participate in this study. The validity of the ADDES was evaluated by three experienced physical therapists working in geriatric settings. The test reliability of the ADDES and how it related to history of falling were also assessed and analysed. This study found the ADDES scale to be highly reliable in testing how dependent an AAD user is on his/her AAD during walking. Findings showed that dependence on an AAD is positively correlated with the length of time it has been used. ADDES scores may indicate the level of falls risk, although a follow-up study is suggested to explore this relationship further.",
keywords = "Assistive ambulatory devices, Elderly, Fall, Mobility",
author = "Hao Liu and Reta Zabel and Victor Prati",
year = "2007",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.12968/ijtr.2007.14.9.24583",
language = "English",
volume = "14",
pages = "419--423",
journal = "International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation",
issn = "1741-1645",
publisher = "Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.",
number = "9",

}

Assessment of dependence on assistive ambulatory devices among older adults : A new tool. / Liu, Hao; Zabel, Reta; Prati, Victor.

In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Vol. 14, No. 9, 01.01.2007, p. 419-423.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Assessment of dependence on assistive ambulatory devices among older adults

T2 - A new tool

AU - Liu, Hao

AU - Zabel, Reta

AU - Prati, Victor

PY - 2007/1/1

Y1 - 2007/1/1

N2 - The use of an assistive ambulatory device (AAD) such as a cane or walker may potentially be linked to a greater risk of falling. This study examined the test and re-test reliability of an instrument developed by the authors: the Ambulatory Device Dependence Efficacy Scale (ADDES), which assesses older institutionalized adults’ level of dependence on an AAD, with the aim of determining the relationship (if any) between AAD dependence and falling.Thirty-five AAD users from two assistive living facilities qualified to participate in this study. The validity of the ADDES was evaluated by three experienced physical therapists working in geriatric settings. The test reliability of the ADDES and how it related to history of falling were also assessed and analysed. This study found the ADDES scale to be highly reliable in testing how dependent an AAD user is on his/her AAD during walking. Findings showed that dependence on an AAD is positively correlated with the length of time it has been used. ADDES scores may indicate the level of falls risk, although a follow-up study is suggested to explore this relationship further.

AB - The use of an assistive ambulatory device (AAD) such as a cane or walker may potentially be linked to a greater risk of falling. This study examined the test and re-test reliability of an instrument developed by the authors: the Ambulatory Device Dependence Efficacy Scale (ADDES), which assesses older institutionalized adults’ level of dependence on an AAD, with the aim of determining the relationship (if any) between AAD dependence and falling.Thirty-five AAD users from two assistive living facilities qualified to participate in this study. The validity of the ADDES was evaluated by three experienced physical therapists working in geriatric settings. The test reliability of the ADDES and how it related to history of falling were also assessed and analysed. This study found the ADDES scale to be highly reliable in testing how dependent an AAD user is on his/her AAD during walking. Findings showed that dependence on an AAD is positively correlated with the length of time it has been used. ADDES scores may indicate the level of falls risk, although a follow-up study is suggested to explore this relationship further.

KW - Assistive ambulatory devices

KW - Elderly

KW - Fall

KW - Mobility

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=62949146382&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.12968/ijtr.2007.14.9.24583

DO - 10.12968/ijtr.2007.14.9.24583

M3 - Article

VL - 14

SP - 419

EP - 423

JO - International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation

JF - International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation

SN - 1741-1645

IS - 9

ER -