Complex gait analysis systems are not generally available worldwide, and no simple system of assessing gait by observation has been validated specifically for use in patients with cerebral palsy. The authors have developed a visual gait analysis score for use in cerebral palsy. Videotaped sequences of patients were recorded before and after surgery as part of a three-dimensional gait study using a Vicon (Oxford, U.K.) gait analysis system. The score demonstrated good intraobserver and interobserver reliability. The numeric values of the score elements correlated well with the measurements obtained from instrumented gait analysis for the same patients, and the score was able to detect postoperative change.
Study conducted at the Anderson Gait Laboratory, Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland and the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
From *Anderson Gait Analysis Laboratory, Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland and †Medical Statistics Unit, University Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Mr. J. E. Robb, F.R.C.S.Ed., Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Sciennes Road, Edinburgh EH9 1LF, Scotland, U.K. (e-mail: J.E.Robb@btinternet.com).
The James and Grace Anderson Charitable Trust supports the Anderson Gait Laboratory at Princess Margaret Rose Hospital, Edinburgh.
None of the authors received financial support for this study.