Conducting Clinical Studies with the DST
The DST’s unique abilities and easy adjustment can eliminate well-known research limitations. For example, by adjusting the height of the stairs and handrails to patients’ current physical abilities, some comparison can be made between patients with different physical abilities, such as their mechanical efficiency during stair climbing. Patients’ mechanical efficiency, measured through physiological parameters, is a predictor for mechanical efficiency in other functions, such as ambulation, and thus holds great value to the rehabilitation process.
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