Title

Convergent Validity of the Sharpened Romberg

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-3-2017

Abstract

Aim: The purpose of the study was to examine the convergent validity of the Sharpened Romberg (SR) as a measure of balance for older adults. Methods: 100 community-dwelling adults aged 60 and older performed the SR with eyes open and closed, the Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Timed Up-and-Go (TUG), and 10-Meter Walk. Results: The SR eyes open was strongly correlated with the BBS and TUG and moderately correlated with the 10-Meter Walk. For the eyes open test, 73 participants completed 30 s; 19 less than 30 s; and 8 could not attain the position, with significant group differences for all measures. Those who stood for 30 s had better scores than the other two groups in the BBS, TUG, and 10-Meter Walk. Conclusions: The SR eyes open is a valid balance test. Inability to complete the SR eyes open test indicates that further balance testing is warranted.

Publication Name

Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics

Volume Number

35

First Page

99

Last Page

108

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1080/02703181.2017.1307897

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