Expanding instrumented gait testing in the community setting: A portable, depth-sensing camera captures joint motion in older adults

Robert J. Dawe, Lei Yu, Sue E. Leurgans, Timothy Truty, Thomas Curran, Jeffrey M. Hausdorff, Markus A. Wimmer, Joel A. Block, David A. Bennett, Aron S. Buchman

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Abstract

Background Currently, it is not feasible to obtain laboratory-based measures of joint motion in large numbers of older adults. We assessed the utility of a portable depth-sensing camera for quantifying hip and knee joint motion of older adults during mobility testing in the community. Methods Participants were 52 older adults enrolled in the Rush Memory and Aging Project, a community-based cohort study of aging. In a subset, we compared dynamic hip and knee flexion/ extension obtained via the depth-sensing camera with that obtained concurrently using a laboratory-based optoelectronic motion capture system. Then we recorded participants’ annual instrumented gait assessment in the community setting with the depth-sensing camera and examined the inter-relationships of hip and knee range of motion (ROM) with mobility metrics derived from a wearable sensor and other mobility-related health measures. Results In the community, we successfully acquired joint motion from 49/52 participants using the depth-sensing camera. Hip and knee ROMs were related to diverse sensor-derived metrics of mobility performance (hip: Pearson’s r = 0.31 to 0.58; knee: Pearson’s r = 0.29 to 0.51), as well as daily physical activity, conventional motor measures, self-report hip and knee pain and dysfunction, mobility disability, and falls. Conclusions The depth-sensing camera’s high rate of successful data acquisition and correlations of its hip and knee ROMs with other mobility measures suggest that this device can provide a cost-efficient means of quantifying joint motion in large numbers of community-dwelling older adults who span the health spectrum.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0215995
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019

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