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What it measures:

What it Measures and Conditions & Test Variations Included in this Summary:

  • This test measures dynamic balance, functional mobility, and gait.
  • It is commonly used in populations who have or have had multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson disease (PD), strokes, spinal cord injury (SCI), or cancer.
  • The Mini-BESTest was developed in 2010 from the Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest), then revised in 2013 to clarify inconsistencies in scoring. The scoring instructions were different in the published and online versions. The revision clarified that the Mini-BESTest should be scored out of 28 points. Explanations for how to score items 3, 6, and 14 were also given. (1)
  • The Mini-BESTest consists of 14 items, including 4 of the 6 sections (anticipatory postural adjustments, reactive postural control, sensory orientation, and dynamic gait) from the BESTest. (2)

ICF Domain(s): 

  • Body Structure and Function
  • Activity

ICF Categories:

  • Mobility: Walking & Moving Around
  • Changing & Maintaining Body Position
  • Self-Care

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