After discharge home the patients need to master the local road traffic to guarantee mobility and sustain social contacts in order to achieve their vocational reintegration. The walking ability is typically assessed by means of the Functional Ambulation Category (FAC), which gives a good figure of the patients’ ability in a controlled environment, but does not indicate the patients’ real walking in dependence in everyday life’s situations. Aim: To suggest a new indicator to easily quantify the patients’ walking ability in everyday life situations. Materiali e Metodi: 0 chronic stroke patients were enrolled. All were assessed by a 10 m Walking Test and a 6 min Walking Test. The 10 m Walking Test provided the maximum walking speed. The 6 min Walking Test the self selected walking speed.Speeding ability was calculated as the difference between maximum and self selected speed. 5 categories of ADL walking were created. To validate the ategories patients performed a timed walking test in a ADL situation. A chi squared test was used to validate the categories statistically with p<0.05. Risultati: Based upon the speeding ability all the patients got allocated in one of the five categories of ADL walking. All patients performed the timed walking test in ADL situation. The Chi Squared Test showed that the patients responded to the ADL walking test based upon their speeding ability. Conclusione: The speeding ability is a simple indicator for assessing walking ability in everyday life situations. Future work shall focus on this indicator corresponding to an improvement of safety, balance and symmetry while walking.
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