Balance assessment in Multiple Sclerosis and cerebellar ataxia: rationale, protocol and demographic data

Winser, Stanley J., Smith, Catherine M., Hale, Leigh A., Claydon, Leica S., Whitney, Susan L., Mottershead, John, Zaydan, Isalm, Heyman, Rock and Klatt, Brooke (2014) Balance assessment in Multiple Sclerosis and cerebellar ataxia: rationale, protocol and demographic data. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - International, 1 (5). p. 6. ISSN 2471-0377

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A core set of standardized balance measures are required for use in rehabilitation among people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and cerebellar ataxia. An earlier systematic review and Delphi survey identified the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), the Timed Up and Go test (TUG), Posture and Gait sub-component of the International Co-operative Ataxia Rating Scale (PG of ICARS) and the gait, sitting and stance sub-components of the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA Bal) as suitable balance measures. This study aims to estimate the reliability, validity and interpretability of these measures. This study will recruit 60 participants with multiple sclerosis with secondary cerebellar involvement across four centres in New Zealand and the United States of America. Participants will be assessed and videotaped performing the BBS, TUG, SARA Bal and PG of ICARS by trained physiotherapists. Barthel Index, Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS), Disease duration, ICARS and SARA will also be assessed to determine validity. A second assessment to determine reliability will be conducted by assessors watching the video-recording. Data collection is in progress, 44 samples have been collected and the demographic data are presented. The findings of this study will recommend a core set of reliable, valid and interpretable measures that are suitable for clinical practice and research for the assessment of balance among adults with MS and cerebellar ataxia. Minimal Clinically Important Difference (MCID) and cut-off scores to predict the use of assistive walking device will be established.

Item Type: Journal Article
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Medical Science (until September 2018)
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Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 15:40
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