Development of a Lower Limb Performance Assessment Tool

The objective of this project was to develop a standardized Performance Assessment Tool (PAT) within the Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) to assist with rehabilitation and recovery of injured members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Methods of assessing a patient’s functional limitations for optimizing treatment as well as measuring improvement associated with the use of the CAREN are lacking. We developed a standardized PAT for the CAREN, targeting balance and mobility impairments, to help clinicians identify specific deficits to be targeted with CAREN treatment, and allow measurement of improvement over time.  By harvesting the numerous and diverse capabilities of the CAREN, the PAT has minimal ceiling effects, allowing those with mobility impairments to be assessed at the highest performance levels.

Investigators: JS Hebert, A Vette, J. Forero
Previous funding:

  • Surgeon General Health Research Program, through the Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research (CIMVHR), Queens University.
  • Research, Innovation & Technology Development, AHS – Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital