Development of a core set of gait features and their potential underlying impairments to assist gait data interpretation in children with cerebral palsy

the GAIT.SCRIPT study group

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Background: The interpretation of clinical gait data in children with cerebral palsy (CP) is time-consuming, requires extensive expertise and often lacks transparency. Here we aimed to develop a set of look-up tables to support this process, linking typical gait features as present in CP to their potential underlying impairments. Methods: We developed an initial core set of gait features and their potential underlying impairments based on biomechanical reasoning, literature and clinical experience. This core set was further specified through a Delphi process in a multidisciplinary group of experts in gait analysis of children with CP and evaluated on 20 patient cases. The likelihood of the listed gait feature–impairment relationships was scored by the expert panel on a five-point scale. Results: The final core set included 120 relevant gait feature–impairment relations including likelihood scores. This set was presented in the form of look-up tables in both directions, i.e., sorted by gait features with potential underlying impairment, and sorted by impairments with potential related gait features. The average likelihood score for the relations was 3.5 ± 0.6 (range 2.1–4.6). Conclusion: The developed set of look-up tables linking gait features and impairments, can assist gait analysts and clinicians in standardized biomechanical reasoning, to support treatment decision-making for gait impairments in children with CP.
Original languageEnglish
Article number907565
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2022


  • biomechanics
  • cerebral palsy
  • clinical gait analysis
  • clinical reasoning
  • gait interpretation
  • impairment focused interpretation
  • interpretation tool
  • rehabilitation

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