Implementation and operational validation of longitudinal monitoring of mobility to early predict mobility disability & falls (WP4)

The overall objective of WP4 is to use longitudinal information on the physiological, clinical, functional, behavioural and environmental correlates of mobility collected in the InCHIANTI study over 4 triennial evaluations to develop a predictive model of mobility and risk of falls in elderly individuals and to conduct a pilot study aimed at testing the feasibility and validity of using the smartphone technology to improve understanding of mechanisms that lead to falls in older persons and identify possible new target for prevention. Detailed objectives include:

  • Retrospective analysis of data related with mobility and falls from the existing InChianti database.
  • Collaborating with WPs 2, 3 and 6 to perform a pilot study in a representative sample (30 subjects involved) of the older population aimed at collecting physiological and biomedical data relevant for mobility and falls during the performance of indoor and outdoor mobility. This information will be entered into a customized database with adequate documentation.
  • Based on the analysis of the information collected within the previous objective develop the final assessment protocol in order to discriminate individuals at high‐risk of mobility disability and/or falls (a maximum of 200 subjects involved).
  • To validate the smartphone application by comparing the information on mobility collected and interpreted by this technology with performance‐based and self‐reported measures of mobility obtained by objective examination or by previously validated standard questionnaires.
  • To investigate the feasibility and level of user’s satisfaction of using the smartphone device in accordance with the plans outlined in WP2 and WP6.

Lead Partner: Azienda Sanitaria di Firenze