Background and Purpose: The Functional Gait Assessment (FGA) is a clinical tool for evaluating performance in walking. The purpose of this study was to determine age-referenced norms for performance on the FGA in community-living older adults.
Subjects: Subjects were 200 adults, ages 40 to 89 years, living independently.
Methods: Each subject completed the FGA one time and was scored simultaneously by 2 testers.
Results: The intraclass correlation coefficient for interrater reliability was .93. Mean scores for the FGA ranged from 29/30 for adults in their 40s to 21/30 for adults in their 80s.
Discussion and Conclusion: Patient performance on the FGA can be compared with age-referenced norms for expected performance. Further research is needed to determine the FGA's usefulness in tracking clinical changes or predicting falls. The FGA is a reliable test for people without disease, and it is able to detect decreases in gait performance among typical older adults.
Original Publication Citation
Walker, M. L., Austin, A. G., Banke, G. M., Foxx, S. R., Gaetano, L., Gardner, L. A., . . . Penn, L. (2007). Reference group data for the functional gait assessment. Physical Therapy, 87(11), 1468-1477. doi:10.2522/ptj.20060344
Walker, Martha L.; Austin, Alvis G.; Banke, Gina M.; Foxx, Suzanne R.; Gaetano, Lynn; Gardner, Laurie A.; McElhiney, Jill; Morris, Kisiah; and Penn, Liz, "Reference Group Data for the Functional Gait Assessment" (2007). Rehabilitation Sciences Faculty Publications. 39.