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Translation and validation of the Swedish version of the mini-BESTest in subjects with Parkinson's disease or stroke: A pilot study.
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PMID:  22288658     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Recently, a comprehensive clinical balance test, the balance evaluation systems test (BESTest), was developed to identify the postural control systems causing balance impairments. A short version, the mini-BESTest, was thereafter developed by eliminating redundant and insensitive items. This study aimed to translate the mini-BESTest to Swedish, adapt it and investigate its validity in subjects with Parkinson's disease (PD) or stroke. The Mini-BESTest was translated and back-translated in accordance with Guillemin's guidelines. Discrepancies were discussed and solved by a panel and the test was culturally adapted. Concurrent validity of the final version was explored by correlating well-known clinical tests - the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test and the Falls Efficacy Scale (FES(s)) - with the new mini-BESTest in nine subjects with mild-to-moderate PD (60 years, range 46-85) and nine with chronic stroke (78 years, range 66-90). A high-to-very-high correlation was shown between the mini-BESTest and the BBS (PD: r(s) = 0.94, stroke: r(s) = 0.86). The mini-BESTest correlated highly with the TUG (PD: r(s) = -0.81, stroke: r(s) = -0.89). In the PD group, a low correlation (r(s) = 0.26) was seen between the mini-BESTest and the FES(s). The mini-BESTest has high concurrent validity and is a comprehensive assessment of balance. However, its psychometric properties should be evaluated further.
Malin Bergström; Emma Lenholm; Erika Franzén
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiotherapy theory and practice     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-5040     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-1-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9015520     Medline TA:  Physiother Theory Pract     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Division of Physiotherapy, Department of Neurobiology , Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet , Huddinge , Sweden.
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