Dr. Kara Patterson, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Gait speed is a quick and easy tool to administer in the clinical setting. Gait speed is a reliable measure that is sensitive to change and can predict multiple outcomes across many patient populations including quality of life, hospitalization, discharge destination and rehabilitation potential. However, there are several factors to consider when administering a gait speed test and interpreting the results including task set up, preferred vs fast pace conditions, use of a rollator and what a measure of gait speed truly represents. This presentation will address all these considerations in an effort to provide attendees practical advice on how gait speed can be used to measure lower limb function and function in general in people with respiratory disease.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • perform a gait speed assessment with their patients;
  • interpret the results of a gait speed assessment; and
  • understand the what a measure of gait speed represents as well as its relationship to other factors like rollator use and test conditions.