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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2007 Jan;88(1):94-8.

Assessments of interrater reliability and internal consistency of the Norwegian version of the Berg Balance Scale.

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Department of Geriatric Medicine, Ullevaal University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. karin.halsaa@ulleval.no

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  • Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2007 Apr;88(4):544.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the interrater reliability and the internal consistency of the Norwegian version of the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) when applied to patients in a geriatric department.

DESIGN:

Interrater reliability was measured using the kappa statistics and intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs).

SETTING:

Geriatric rehabilitation unit and geriatric day hospital in Norway.

PARTICIPANTS:

Eighty-three patients were included; 25 were inpatients in a geriatric rehabilitation unit, whereas 58 were admitted to a geriatric day hospital.

INTERVENTIONS:

Not applicable.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

The BBS.

RESULTS:

The kappa values for the different BBS items varied from 0.83 to 1.00, and the ICC for the sum score of the BBS was .998 (95% confidence interval, .996-.999). The mean value of the BBS was 44.4. There was a negative significant relation between age and the sum score (r=-.36). The sum scores of BBS ranged from 12 to 56. The patients were able to perform the BBS without ceiling effect. The score values 3 and 4 were more frequently used than the score values 0, 1, and 2.

CONCLUSIONS:

The Norwegian version of the BBS seems to have an excellent interrater reliability and high internal consistency when applied to patients in geriatric rehabilitation.

PMID:
17207682
DOI:
10.1016/j.apmr.2006.10.016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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