Sitting Balance Scale (SBS)
What it measures:
Various functional abilities related to sitting balance, such as "sitting unsupported with eyes closed," "turning to look behind over left and right shoulders when sitting," and "picking up objects from the floor while sitting unsupported on foam." 11 items; 4-point Likert scale (0=worse performance, 4=best performance) (Medley & Thompson, 2011)
Frail older people
SBS is relatively new; future studies using a larger sample size are needed.
SBS may be comparable to TIS for measuring sitting balance in older adults who are nonambulatory or have limited mobility.
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Date: June 16, 2013
Content Type: Test & Measure
David Scalzitti, PT, PhD, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
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