The D+R Balance application: a novel method of assessing postural sway
Yvon, C., Najuko-Mafemera, A. and Kanegaonkar, R. 2015. The D+R Balance application: a novel method of assessing postural sway. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology. 129 (8), pp. 773-778. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022215115000912
|Authors||Yvon, C., Najuko-Mafemera, A. and Kanegaonkar, R.|
Background: Postural sway can be assessed clinically using the Romberg test, or quantified using dynamic posturography. We assessed the potential use of a novel iPhone application as a method of quantifying sway.
Methods: Fifty healthy volunteers performed the Romberg and tandem Romberg tests on a hard floor and on foam in soundproofed and normal clinic rooms. Postural sway was recorded using the D+R Balance application and data were compared using paired t-tests.
Results: Significantly more postural sway was noted in participants when standing with their eyes closed and feet in the ‘tandem’ position vs feet together; standing with their eyes closed on foam vs on the floor; and standing with their eyes closed on foam with feet in the tandem position vs on the floor with feet together.
Conclusion: This feasibility study suggests that the iPhone D+R Balance application deserves further investigation as a means of assessing postural sway and may provide an alternative to current dynamic posturography systems.
|Keywords||Physical examination; postural balance; vestibular function tests|
|Journal||The Journal of Laryngology & Otology|
|Journal citation||129 (8), pp. 773-778|
|Publisher||Royal Society of Medicine|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022215115000912|
|Online||22 Jun 2015|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||10 Apr 2019|
|Accepted||11 Nov 2014|
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