Accession Number:

ADA411392

Title:

Analysis of Activity Patterns and Performance in Polio Survivors

Descriptive Note:

Annual rept. 15 Sep 2001-15 Sep 2002

Corporate Author:

ALBERT EINSTEIN HEALTHCARE NETWORK PHILADELPHIA PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

The goals of this project are 1 to study the temporal relationship between activity level and health status in polio survivors and to compare the results with those obtained from an age-matched control population and 2 to look at the effect of localized muscle weakness and the associated compensation response on performance of a walking task. Simulation modeling techniques will be used to identify factors critical to task performance, which will provide valuable information for optimizing rehabilitation interventions for polio survivors and other populations with lower extremity muscle weakness. To date, all project staff have been hired and trained. Initiation of human subjects testing for this study was delayed due to concerns on the part of AEHN administration about the language in the grant agreement regarding responsibility for research-related injuries. This dilemma has since been resolved and data collection is being initiated. A total of 90 polio survivors and 62 controls have been recruited and screened for Study 1. Preliminary simulations for Study 2 have been run on the biomechanical model to understand baseline performance and to document information flow. The results for the sensitivity analysis are being analyzed and the model validation process has begun.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE