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ERIC Number: EJ961770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
The Interrater Reliability of the Modified Gait Abnormality Rating Scale for Use with People with Intellectual Disability
Hale, Leigh; McIlraith, Lucy; Miller, Clare; Stanley-Clarke, Terri; George, Rebecca
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v35 n2 p77-81 Jun 2010
Background: Researching falls in persons with ID is limited by difficulties in applying standardised balance outcome measures. The modified Gait Abnormality Rating Scale (GARS-M), developed to identify falls risk in older adults, requires only that the participant walks and thus may be a feasible falls research tool to use with people with ID. In the present study, we consider the interrater reliability of the GARS-M. Method: Nine people with ID were videotaped walking. These recordings were used by 10 physiotherapists to rate the person's walking on the 7 categories of the GARS-M. The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) was calculated for the physiotherapists' scores in each category and the total score; ICC [greater than or equal to] 0.7 indicating good interrater reliability. Results: The ICC was greater than 0.7 in only one category of the GARS-M, but ICC = 0.85 for the total score. Average time to rate one person was 8 minutes. Conclusions: The GARS-M is potentially useful for falls prevention research with people with ID. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand