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aruina78
08-10-2005, 07:00 PM
On Aug 11, 2005, at 5:20 AM, Goh Cho Hong,James
dosgohj@NUS.EDU.SG
asked for commentary on the statement:
> "Gait labs in the world are floundering."

I hope James does not mind this question
refinement. It seems to me that there are
3 somewhat independent questions that could be
addressed.

1) Bureaucratic. Do labs have funding, good
facilities and staffs, lots of references, easy
access to insurance re-imbursement, etc?

2) Medical utility. Are the labs
a) potentially cabable of,
a) now capable of and
c) now doing
useful diagnoses and suggestions for remediation?

3) Science. Are the labs
a) potentially capable of,
b) now capable of and
c) now doing
things that contribute to the advancement of knowledge
about how healthy and impaired people move about.

Is a "gait lab" a well defined thing? Any facility
with some motion capture equipment and a load cell
in the floor?


Andy Ruina
ruina@cornell.edu
http://ruina.tam.cornell.edu