The D+R Balance application: a novel method of assessing postural sway

Yvon, C., Najuko-Mafemera, A. and Kanegaonkar, R. (2015) The D+R Balance application: a novel method of assessing postural sway. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 129 (8). pp. 773-778. ISSN 0022-2151.

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Background: Postural sway can be assessed clinically using the Romberg test, or quantified using dynamic posturography. We assessed the potential use of a novel iPhone application as a method of quantifying sway.

Methods: Fifty healthy volunteers performed the Romberg and tandem Romberg tests on a hard floor and on foam in soundproofed and normal clinic rooms. Postural sway was recorded using the D+R Balance application and data were compared using paired t-tests.

Results: Significantly more postural sway was noted in participants when standing with their eyes closed and feet in the ‘tandem’ position vs feet together; standing with their eyes closed on foam vs on the floor; and standing with their eyes closed on foam with feet in the tandem position vs on the floor with feet together.

Conclusion: This feasibility study suggests that the iPhone D+R Balance application deserves further investigation as a means of assessing postural sway and may provide an alternative to current dynamic posturography systems.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Physical examination; postural balance; vestibular function tests
Subjects: R Medicine > RF Otorhinolaryngology
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > Institute of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Allison Allen
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 14:39
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2019 14:39

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