The D+R Balance application: a novel method of assessing postural sway

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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
AuthorsYvon, C., Najuko-Mafemera, A. and Kanegaonkar, R.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsPhysical examination; postural balance; vestibular function tests
Year2015
JournalThe Journal of Laryngology & Otology
Journal citation129 (8), pp. 773-778
PublisherRoyal Society of Medicine
ISSN0022-2151
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022215115000912
Publication dates
Online22 Jun 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Apr 2019
Accepted11 Nov 2014
Output statusPublished
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