Screening older adults at risk of falling with the Tinetti balance scale.

@article{Rache2000ScreeningOA,
  title={Screening older adults at risk of falling with the Tinetti balance scale.},
  author={Michel Ra{\^i}che and R{\'e}jean H{\'e}bert and Francois Prince and H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Corriveau},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={2000},
  volume={356 9234},
  pages={1001-2}
}
In a prospective study of 225 community dwelling people 75 years and older, we tested the validity of the Tinetti balance scale to predict individuals who will fall at least once during the following year. A score of 36 or less identified 7 of 10 fallers with 70% sensitivity and 52% specificity. With this cut-off score, 53% of the individuals were screened positive and presented a two-fold risk of falling. These characteristics support the use of this test to screen older people at risk of… CONTINUE READING

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