3D gait analysis

This study is looking for healthy volunteers to help develop a new approach to diagnosing iNPH (idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus), a brain disorder that can lead to difficulty walking, problems with thinking and reasoning, and loss of bladder control.

There is currently no research providing in-depth measurements of someone’s gait (pattern of walking), making it difficult to distinguish iNPH from other conditions that also affect gait.

It is being carried out by a team of researchers based at Salford Royal Hospital (part of the Northern Care Alliance), Manchester Metropolitan University and Gothenburg University, and is funded by the Hydrocephalus Association.

Criteria

  • Healthy volunteers, aged over 60
  • No injury that would affect walking
  • No diagnosed neurological disorder
  • Able to walk unaided for at least 20 steps

Location

Manchester Metropolitan University (Brook Building)

Involves

Taking part involves:

  • attending one clinic appointments at MMU (approx. 1-2 hours), which will include a gait assessment, balance test, and a set of questionnaires
  • wearing a Fitbit and recording activity for a week after the assessment

Participants will be reimbursed £25 for their time, plus reasonable travel expenses.

Recruiting until

  • 30 September 2024

Trial ID

  • ISRCTN14305388

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