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Evaluating Two Scales, Fembaf (Fast Evaluation of Mobility, Balance and Fear) & DGI (Dynamic Gait Index) to Test Balance in Fallers and Non Fallers in Geriatric Population


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1 Dept. of Physiotherapy, Pad. Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, India
2 Dept. of Physiotherapy, T. N. Medical College, Mumbai, India
3 Dept. of Physiotherapy, G. S. Medical College, Mumbai, India
     

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Introduction: Comprehensive balance evaluation along with identification of significant risk factors ia an important step towards fall prevention in geriatric population.

Objective: To evaluate efficacy of two available scales to test balance in fallers and nonfallers in Indian geriatric population.

Methodology: After the ethics committee approval an informed consent was taken from the participants. 70 elderly people above 65 years participated in the study. Group A had fallers and Group B had non fallers(no history of falls.They were evaluated for Fast evaluation of mobility , balance and fear(FEMBAF) and Dynamic gait index (DGI)

Results: There was a significant difference of mean scores between fallers and nonfallers.(P<0.001)Fallers have more number of risk factors with fewer scores on both the scales.

Conclusion: Fast evaluation of mobility, balance and fear (FEMBAF) and Dynamic gait index (DGI) are effective in differentiating between fallers and non fallers.


Keywords

Geriatrics, Falls, Fast Evaluation of Mobility, Balance And Fear (FEMBAF), Dynamic Gait Index (DGI)
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Authors

Asmita Karajgi
Dept. of Physiotherapy, Pad. Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, India
Writer Hutoxi
Dept. of Physiotherapy, T. N. Medical College, Mumbai, India
Amita Mehta
Dept. of Physiotherapy, G. S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Abstract


Introduction: Comprehensive balance evaluation along with identification of significant risk factors ia an important step towards fall prevention in geriatric population.

Objective: To evaluate efficacy of two available scales to test balance in fallers and nonfallers in Indian geriatric population.

Methodology: After the ethics committee approval an informed consent was taken from the participants. 70 elderly people above 65 years participated in the study. Group A had fallers and Group B had non fallers(no history of falls.They were evaluated for Fast evaluation of mobility , balance and fear(FEMBAF) and Dynamic gait index (DGI)

Results: There was a significant difference of mean scores between fallers and nonfallers.(P<0.001)Fallers have more number of risk factors with fewer scores on both the scales.

Conclusion: Fast evaluation of mobility, balance and fear (FEMBAF) and Dynamic gait index (DGI) are effective in differentiating between fallers and non fallers.


Keywords


Geriatrics, Falls, Fast Evaluation of Mobility, Balance And Fear (FEMBAF), Dynamic Gait Index (DGI)