- •The Disease Step Rating Scale is a useful tool for categorizing the mobility of people with multiple sclerosis.
- •Clinical gait and balance measures were statistically different across many disease steps and met most previously reported minimally detectable change levels and all minimally important change levels.
- •The 6-minute walk test better differentiated performance in those with mild disability.
- •The 10-m walk test and 25-foot walk test demonstrated greater differences between individuals with moderate to severe disability.
- •The Berg Balance Scale more consistently discriminated across the disease spectrum, showing differences between every 2 disease steps.
Main Outcome Measures
List of abbreviations:10MWT (10-m walk test), 25FWT (25-foot walk test), 6MWT (6-minute walk test), BBS (Berg Balance Scale), EDSS (Expanded Disability Status Scale), MDC (minimally detectable change), MIC (minimally important change), MS (multiple sclerosis)
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Presented to the Australian Physiotherapy Association, October 18, 2013, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.