Chair rise transfer detection and analysis using a pendant sensor: an algorithm for fall risk assessment in older people

Wei Zhang, Regterschot GR, Wahle F, Geraedts H, Baldus H, Zijlstra W.
Conf. Proc. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc. 2014; 2014: 1830-1834.

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DOI 10.1109/EMBC.2014.6943965 PMID 25570333

Falls result in substantial disability, morbidity, and mortality among older people. Early detection of fall risks and timely intervention can prevent falls and injuries due to falls. Simple field tests, such as repeated chair rise, are used in clinical assessment of fall risks in older people. Development of on- body sensors introduces potential beneficial alternatives for traditional clinical methods. In this article, we present a pendant sensor based chair rise detection and analysis algorithm for fall risk assessment in older people. The recall and the precision of the transfer detection were 85% and 87% in standard protocol, and 61% and 89% in daily life activities. Estimation errors of chair rise performance indicators: duration, maximum acceleration, peak power and maximum jerk were tested in over 800 transfers. Median estimation error in transfer peak power ranged from 1.9% to 4.6% in various tests. Among all the performance indicators, maximum acceleration had the lowest median estimation error of 0% and duration had the highest median estimation error of 24% over all tests. The developed algorithm might be feasible for continuous fall risk assessment in older people.

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