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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The dynamic gait index relates to self-reported fall history in individuals with vestibular dysfunction.
Typical clinical measures include walking speed [4], the Walking Index for SCI II [5], the Berg Balance Scale [6], and the Dynamic Gait Index [7].
The Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) is an 8-item index scored by rating the subject's performance on the following tasks: walking on a level surface, changing speed while walking, turning the head from side to side and up and down while walking, sudden turns, obstacle negotiation, and stair negotiation [30].

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