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
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.
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