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Otol Neurotol. 2005 Sep;26(5):1027-33.

Usefulness of the dizziness handicap inventory in the screening for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

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Department of Physical Therapy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260, USA. whitney@pitt.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of the study was to determine whether a newly developed subscale of the Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) could assist in the screening of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

STUDY DESIGN:

Retrospective case review.

SETTING:

Tertiary balance referral center.

PATIENTS:

Charts of 383 patients (mean age, 61 yr) with a variety of vestibular diagnoses (peripheral and central) were reviewed.

INTERVENTIONS:

Patients completed the DHI before the onset of physical therapy intervention.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

A newly developed BPPV subscale developed from current DHI items was computed to determine whether the score could assist the practitioner in identifying individuals with BPPV.

RESULTS:

Individuals with BPPV had significantly higher mean scores on the newly developed BPPV subscale of the DHI (p < 0.01). The five-item BPPV score was a significant predictor of the likelihood of having BPPV (chi2 = 8.35; p < 0.01). On the two-item BPPV scale, individuals who had a score of 8 of 8 were 4.3 times more likely to have BPPV compared with individuals who had a score of 0.

CONCLUSION:

Items on the DHI appear to be helpful in determining the likelihood of an individual having the diagnosis of BPPV.

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