Title

Clinical importance of assessing walking speed in older adults in general practice

Date of this Version

4-2016

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Citation only

Fien, S., Henwood, T., Climstein, M., & Keogh, J. W. L. (2016). Clinical importance of assessing walking speed in older adults in general practice. Australian Family Physician, 45(4), 250-251.

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© The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2016

ISSN

0300-8495

Abstract

In this article, we aim to provide a strong rationale for why the assessment of walking (gait) speed of older adults should be an integral component of general practice. We suggest that by regularly assessing gait speed and using evidence-based approaches to improve gait and reduce the risk of falls,1,2 general practitioners (GPs) will be able to substantially improve patients’ physical performance outcomes, ease care burden and reduce healthcare costs

 

This document has been peer reviewed.