Individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) develop impairments in balance and gait that
can lead to postural instability and falls. Studies indicate that 60% of individuals
with PD fall in a 12-month period.1 These falls are associated with increased risk of hip fractures, nursing home admissions,
and reduced survival rates.2,3 The Mini Balance Evaluation Systems Test (Mini BESTest), a shortened version of the
BESTest, was developed to assess elements of postural control thought to underlie
postural instability.4,5 14-item Mini BESTest can be administered in 10 to 15 minutes, and addresses 4 of
the 6 constructs included in the BESTest: anticipatory control, reactive postural
control, sensory orientation, and dynamic gait. The Mini BESTest exhibits excellent
reliability and validity across stages of PD, can discriminate between fallers and
non-fallers, and is responsive to change with rehabilitation interventions.5
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