Towards objective evaluation of balance in the elderly: Validity and reliability of a measurement instrument applied to the Tinetti test

Lorenzo Panella, Carmine Tinelli, Angelo Buizza, Remo Lombardi, Roberto Gandolfi

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was the validation of an instrument for evaluating balance, applied to the Tinetti test. Trunk inclination was measured by inclinometers during the Tinetti test in 163 healthy participants scoring 28/28 in the Tinetti scale (controls: 92 women, 71 men; age 19-85 years), and 111 residents in old people's homes, able to autonomously perform the test, but scoring less than 28/28 (test group: 78 women, 33 men; age 55-96 years). Trunk inclination was quantified by 20 parameters, whose standardized values were summed and provided an overall performance index (PTOT). PTOT reliability was evaluated by Cronbach's α, and its validity by item scale correlation, discriminant validity and concurrent validity. Influence of age and sex was assessed by a logistic regression model. Repeatable and consistent measurements were obtained (Cronbach's α=0.88). Parameter distribution was significantly different in controls and patients (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Balance
  • Objective measurement
  • Receiver operating characteristics
  • Tinetti balance scale
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)

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