Efficacy Of Berg Balance Scale (BBS) To Predict Falls In Elderly Individuals

Author: Dr. Suvarna Ganvir

VIMS Health Sci Journal:  2014, 1 (1) | Abstract | pdf PDF Full Article | DOI:

Abstract:

Background: If a senior falls and is injured, his or her ability to live independently decreases. Even a fall that does not cause an injury can limit self confidence and ability to be comfortable living independently. Balance is one of the important factors contributing towards upright posture. This study is aimed to find out if there exists any correlation between Activity specific Balance confidence scale which assesses confidence and Berg Balance Scale which determines the ability of the individual to balance himself. Method: Observational study conducted at physiotherapy teaching institute. There were 100 elderly individuals included in the study by random sampling technique. Individuals with age group 60-80 years & those who are functionally independent were included in the study. Further individuals having independent standing minimum for five minutes& indivuals with intact ability to understand the commands were included in the study. Subjects with k n o w n n e u r o l o g i c a l d i s o r d e r & a c u t e musculoskeletal disorder were excluded from the study. Test items were performed by subject and score on ABC Scale and Berg Balance Scale were calculated for all subjects after giving detailed information about the tool and their use in the language they understand. Result: There is a significant negative correlation between BBS & ABC (r= -0. 248) & P Value 0.74 Conclusion: from the results of the study it can be concluded that ABC is effective in predicting falls in elderly individuals.

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 Ganvir S, Efficacy Of Berg Balance Scale (BBS) To Predict Falls In Elderly Individuals , VIMSHSJ, (2014), 1(1), pp- 11-16

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 Ganvir S, (2014), Efficacy Of Berg Balance Scale (BBS) To Predict Falls In Elderly Individuals , VIMS Health Science Journal(VIMSHSJ),1(1), pp-11-16

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Ganvir S, (2014), Efficacy Of Berg Balance Scale (BBS) To Predict Falls In Elderly Individuals, VIMS Health Science Journal(VIMSHSJ),1(3),pp- 11-16