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Brain Nerve. 2009 May;61(5):591-5.

[Reliability of the Japanese version of the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA)].

[Article in Japanese]

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Neurology, Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The International Cooperative Ataxia Rating Scale (ICARS) is widely used as a scale for the assessment of the severity of cerebellar ataxia. However, this scale comprises several items; thus, making the application of this scale is not sufficiently practical to perform daily assessment of ataxic patients. A new rating scale--Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA)--was shown to provide highly reliable assessments; further, the scores on SARA correlated with the ICARS score and the Barthel index. After obtaining the permission, original SARA was translated into Japanese.

OBJECTIVE AND METHODS:

To examine the reliability and internal consistency of the Japanese version of the SARA for the assessment of cerebellar ataxia in 66 patients with spinocerebellar degeneration.

RESULTS:

Intraclass coefficients (ICC) were observed to be greater than 0.8 except in the case of the inter-rater "finger chase" and "fast alternating hand movement" tests.

CONCLUSIONS:

The Japanese version of SARA is highly reliable and very useful for the assessment of cerebellar ataxia on a daily basis.

PMID:
19514520
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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