The Mini-BESTest: a review of psychometric properties

  title={The Mini-BESTest: a review of psychometric properties},
  author={Silvia di Carlo and Elisabetta Bravini and Stefano Vercelli and Giuseppe Massazza and Giorgio Ferriero},
  journal={International Journal of Rehabilitation Research},
The Mini-Balance Evaluation Systems Test (Mini-BESTest) has been identified as the most comprehensive balance measure for community-dwelling adults and elderly individuals. It can be used to assess balance impairments in several other conditions, mainly Parkinson’s disease and stroke. Despite increasing use of the Mini-BESTest since it was first published 5 years ago, no systematic review synthesizing its psychometric properties is available. The aim of this study was to provide a comprehensive… 
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Rasch Validation of the Mini-BESTest in People With Parkinson Disease
This study increases the confidence in using the Mini-BESTest to assess dynamic balance in people with Parkinson disease and provides some useful additional clinical aids for interpreting the results and calculating more precise change scores.
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Reliability and Validity of the Persian Version of the Mini-Balance Evaluation Systems Test in Patients with Stroke
The Persian version of the Mini-BESTest is a reliable and valid tool for balance evaluation of stroke patients and may not be generalized to other patients with balance deficits.
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Cross Cultural Validation of the Mini-BESTest into Greek
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Test-Retest Reliability of the Mini-BESTest in People With Mild to Moderate Multiple Sclerosis.
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Comparison of the Berg Balance Scale and the Mini-BESTest for Assessing Balance in Ambulatory People With Spinal Cord Injury: Validation Study
Both the BBS and Mini-BESTest were found to be valid scales for assessing balance control in individuals with chronic SCI and may be preferable for this group primarily due to the lack of a ceiling effect.
Rasch validation and comparison of Slovenian, Croatian, and Italian versions of the Mini-BESTest in patients with subacute stroke
  • N. Goljar, A. Giordano, F. Franchignoni
  • Psychology, Medicine
    International journal of rehabilitation research. Internationale Zeitschrift fur Rehabilitationsforschung. Revue internationale de recherches de readaptation
  • 2017
Good psychometric features of the Mini-BESTest were confirmed, and the three different national versions showed stability in item hierarchy, indicating equivalence of their cross-cultural adaptations.
Reliability and Validity of Mini-Balance Evaluation System Test in Type 2 Diabetic Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy
The Mini-BESTest can be used as a highly reliable and valid clinical application in the population with type 2 diabetic peripheral neuropathy.


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