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Background and Objectives: Walking disorders are commonly affected walking speed. However, there is no evidence on the proportion and walking speed of individuals with walking impairments from a developing country. Therefore, this research reported the proportion and walking speed of individuals with various walking ability.
Methods: Fifty-three participants with various walking ability were interviewed to arrange their walking ability from their functional walking and ability to participated in community. Then, they were assessed for walking speed using a 10-meter walk test.
Results: Most participants could walk functionally (87%) and were full community ambulators (81%). Their walking speed were difference from the data reported of developed countries. In addition, participants with poor walking ability had only slight differences in preferred and fastest speed (median speed difference of 0.01 m/s). In contrast, participants with good ability had obvious speed differences (median speed difference of 0.25 m/s).
Conclusion: The present findings suggest the need for a further study to explore walking speed for referencing and monitoring the change of ability particularly for individuals with walking impairments from a developing country.
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