dynamic gait index

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Related to dynamic gait index: Berg Balance Scale, functional gait assessment

dy·nam·ic gait in·dex

(DGI) (dī-nam'ik gāt in'deks)
Assessment tool to measure a patient's ability to change gait with varying demands.

dynamic gait index

Abbreviation: DGI
A semiquantitative tool used to evaluate a patient's ability to modify gait by changing task demands, esp. in patients with dizziness and balance deficits. This test is used to identify patients, esp. older adults, who are predisposed to falling. Patients are graded on their ability to vary speed, turn their heads, turn their bodies, step over and around obstacles, climb stairs, turn while walking, pick objects up from the floor, and perform alternate step-ups on a stool.
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Reliability and validity of the dynamic gait index in persons with chronic stroke.
Concurrent validity of the Berg Balance Scale and the Dynamic Gait Index in people with vestibular dysfunction.
The Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) (Whitney et al 2003) was also included at week four as a measure of dynamic balance and gait, although it has only moderate inter-rater reliability (Spearman rank order correlation r = 0.
Assessments included the lower-limb portion of the Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA) as well as the FMA synergy subsection, Stroke Impact Scale [11-13], Berg Balance Scale, Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) [14], and 6-minute walk test (6MWT) [15].
During the home-care educational program, physical therapists were trained and tested on how to systematically use the Performance Oriented Measurement Assessment (POMA) [16], the Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) [17-18], and the modified Clinical Test of Sensory Integration and Balance (mCTSIB) [19-20].

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