EM1704G "New Roles for Gait and Mobility in Patient Care and Medical Research" (IM GR-042817)

Simple indicators of mobility, especially gait speed, are emerging as powerful tools for estimating health risks in clinical medicine, including hospitalization, length of stay, health care costs, functional status and mortality. These indicators are being shown to be useful in multiple medical, surgical and ambulatory settings. This presentation will provide an overview of current knowledge about gait speed and mobility in both clinical applications as well as in research about mechanisms contributing to slow gait speed.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Be able to measure gait speed using minimal equipment in multiple clinical settings
  • Describe uses of gait speed in clinical settings
  • Provide a differential diagnosis of causes of slow gait speed
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Stephanie Studenski, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief, Longitudinal Studies Section
National Institute on Aging
Lorraine Sulkin-Schein Visiting Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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