Is the Assessment of 5 Meters of Gait with a Single Body-Fixed-Sensor Enough to Recognize Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease-Associated Gait?

M E Micó-Amigo, I Kingma, G S Faber, A. Kunikoshi, J. M T van Uem, R C van Lummel, W. Maetzler, J H van Dieën

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Quantitative assessment of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) is an important step in addressing motor symptoms and improving clinical management. Based on the assessment of only 5 meters of gait with a single body-fixed-sensor placed on the lower back, this study presents a method for the identification of step-by-step kinematic parameters in 14 healthy controls and in 28 patients at early-to-moderate stages of idiopathic PD. Differences between groups in step-by-step kinematic parameters were evaluated to understand gait impairments in the PD group. Moreover, a discriminant model between groups was built from a subset of significant and independent parameters and based on a 10-fold cross-validated model. The discriminant model correctly classified a total of 89.5% participants with four kinematic parameters. The sensitivity of the model was 95.8% and the specificity 78.6%. The results indicate that the proposed method permitted to reasonably recognize idiopathic PD-associated gait from 5-m walking assessments. This motivates further investigation on the clinical utility of short episodes of gait assessment with body-fixed-sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1266-1278
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of Biomedical Engineering
Issue number5
Early online date20 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2017



  • Accelerometers
  • Gyroscopes
  • Journal Article
  • Short gait episodes
  • Step-by-step gait analysis

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