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Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità

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Abstract

GIACOMOZZI, Claudia; KEIJSERS, Noel; PATAKY, Todd  and  ROSENBAUM, Dieter. International scientific consensus on medical plantar pressure measurement devices: technical requirements and performance. Ann. Ist. Super. Sanità [online]. 2012, vol.48, n.3, pp. 259-271. ISSN 0021-2571.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4415/ANN_12_03_06.

BACKGROUND: Since 2006, the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) has been conducting independent scientific activities to standardize the technical assessment of plantar pressure measurement devices (PMDs). MATERIAL AND METHODS: On the basis of the ISS results, in 2010 the Pedobarographic Group of the International Foot and Ankle Biomechanics community (i-FAB-PG) promoted a consensus activity about the main technical requirements for the appropriate use of PMDs. The activity relied on a moodlebased on-line forum, documents exchange, discussions, reviews, meetings and a final survey. RESULTS: The participation of clinical and technical researchers, users, and manufacturers, contributed to the delivery of the hereby reported recommendations which specifically regard Medical PMDs in the form of platforms. CONCLUSIONS: The i-FAB-PG community reached overall agreement on the recommendations, with a few minor objections which are reported and commented in the document. RELEVANCE: The present document, the highest result achievable within a small scientific community, will hopefully represent the starting point of the wider process of establishing official international guidelines or standards, within scientific communities and standardization organizations.

Keywords : baropodometry; pressure measurement devices; technical assessment; accuracy; COP estimation.

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