Influence of Age and Gender of Healthy Adults on Scoring Patterns on the Community Balance and Mobility Scale
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Purpose: The purpose of the study was to describe and compare scoring patterns on the Community Balance and Mobility Scale (CB&M) in healthy men and women between 30 and 59 years of age.
Methods: Following criterion testing on 5 individuals, 90 healthy volunteers who met the inclusion criteria and consented to participate in the study were tested on the CB&M. The subjects were recruited through quota sampling in three age categories: 30 to 39 years, 40 to 49 years, and 50 to 59 years, with 15 men and 15 women in each age category. The groups were not matched for any anthropometric variables.
Results: Women within the age category of 50 to 59 years had significantly lower scores on the CB&M compared with all other age and gender categories.
Conclusions: The results from this study indicate that although the items on the CB&M were appropriate for the 30- to 59-year age categories, some items still posed a challenge to healthy participants because most were unable to score full points on the CB&M. The normative data from the present study could help clinicians put the CB&M scores of middle-aged patients into context. These data may also be useful in making recommendations regarding the safe integration of patients back into the community following mild stroke.