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Bill Andrews and Srikant Vallabhajosula in the Department of Physical Therapy Education, Sarah Boise ’20, and a colleague from the University of Connecticut, have been notified that their research article has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Physiotherapy.

Bill Andrews and Srikant Vallabhajosula in the Department of Physical Therapy Education, Sarah Boise ’20, and Richard Bohannon, Professor Emeritus from the University of Connecticut, have been notified that their research article has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Physiotherapy.
The article entitled “Normal Gait Speed Varies by Age and Sex but not by Geographic Region: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” is an extension of work published by the researchers a dozen years earlier.

In the updated study, the investigators and other student research assistants sorted through 1,444 articles published in the past dozen years to identify 38 articles that contributed meaningful normal gait speed values to the database. From all combined studies, normal gait speed values obtained from 51,248 apparently healthy adults were stratified by age, sex and geographic region. These values of gait speed, a variable often referred to as a functional vital sign, will help clinicians and researchers compare their patients and research participants to a standard of walking performance.

The Journal of Physiotherapy, the official journal of the Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, has an impact factor of 10.714, placing it in the top quartile of physical therapy/rehabilitation journals.



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