Bansal’s dissertation work accepted in Physical Therapy Journal

Kanika Bansal

The Physical Therapy Journal recently accepted a manuscript that forms a part of the dissertation work that doctoral student Kanika Bansal, MPT, is currently working on.

The project, entitled “Does falls-efficacy influence the relationship between forward and backward walking speed after stroke?” is based on the baseline data from the Forward-Backward Study (FBW study; PI: Dorian Rose, PT, PhD, research associate professor and Brooks Rehabilitation research scientist) conducted at Brooks Rehabilitation, and the PROPEL Study (PI: Dr. Rose) conducted at the VA Brain Rehabilitation Research Center.

This study provides unique evidence that the degree of falls-efficacy significantly influences the relationship between forward walking speed, or FWS, and backward walking speed, or BWS, post-stroke. Physical therapists should examine both FWS and BWS in people with higher falls-efficacy, but further investigation is warranted for those with lower falls-efficacy.

Congrats Kanika!