We have read the article of Gervasoni et al,
1“Minimal Clinically Important Difference of Berg Balance Scale in People With Multiple Sclerosis,” with great interest and hope. This study is important for the field of neurological rehabilitation, due to determined minimal clinically important difference (MCID) for the Berg Balance Scale, which is commonly used in patients with multiple sclerosis. While we value the reported clinical results, we are concerned by the unclear methods section.
- Gervasoni E.
- Jonsdottir J.
- Montesano A.
- Cattaneo D.
Minimal clinically important difference of Berg Balance Scale in people with multiple sclerosis.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017; 98: 337-340
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- Response to Letter Regarding “Minimal Clinically Important Difference of Berg Balance Scale in People With Multiple Sclerosis”Archives of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationVol. 100Issue 6
- PreviewWe agree that an article must contain all relevant procedures and methodologies used in a study. We believe that we reported all the most important information for study replication taking into consideration reviewers’ suggestions and space and number of tables and references available for a short report.