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Sensor-Based Daily Physical Activity: Towards Prediction of the Level of Concern about Falling in Peripheral Neuropathy

Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP), Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030, USA
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Sensors 2020, 20(2), 505; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20020505
Received: 30 November 2019 / Revised: 10 January 2020 / Accepted: 15 January 2020 / Published: 16 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Sensors for eHealth Applications)
Concern about falling is prevalent and increases the risk of falling in people with peripheral neuropathy (PN). However, the assessment of concern about falling relies on self-report surveys, and thus continuous monitoring has not been possible. We investigated the influence of concern about falling on sensor-based daily physical activity among people with PN. Forty-nine people with PN and various levels of concern about falling participated in this study. Physical activity outcomes were measured over a period of 48 hours using a validated chest-worn sensor. The level of concern about falling was assessed using the falls efficacy scale-international (FES-I). The low concern group spent approximately 80 min more in walking and approximately 100 min less in sitting/lying compared to the high concern group. In addition, the low concern group had approximately 50% more walking bouts and step counts compared to the high concern group. Across all participants, the duration of walking bouts and total step counts was significantly correlated with FES-I scores. The duration of walking bouts and total step counts may serve as eHealth targets and strategies for fall risk assessment among people with PN. View Full-Text
Keywords: peripheral neuropathy; physical activity; concern about falling; eHealth; wearable sensor; walking behavior; standing behavior; sedentary behavior; walking episodes; step counts peripheral neuropathy; physical activity; concern about falling; eHealth; wearable sensor; walking behavior; standing behavior; sedentary behavior; walking episodes; step counts
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Kang, G.E.; Najafi, B. Sensor-Based Daily Physical Activity: Towards Prediction of the Level of Concern about Falling in Peripheral Neuropathy. Sensors 2020, 20, 505.

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