Assessment of Balance in Individuals Suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases
Keywords:COPD- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder , BESS –Balance Error Scoring System, SEBT – Star Excursion Balance Test
Background: COPD being a common preventable and treatable disease, in spite of which half a million
people die every year in India. COPD being one of the leading cause of death in Maharashtra, compared to
deaths due to ischemic heart diseases, stroke and diabetes all put together.
Method ; 62 subjects suffering from COPD were screened, and 30 subjects meeting the inclusion - exclusion
criteria were selected to be a part of the COPD group. 60 healthy subjects were screened and 30 subjects
meeting the inclusion - exclusion criteria were selected to be a part of the control group. Informed consent
was acquired from both of them. Basic personal and demographic data was recorded with a written consent.
Conclusion; Study suggested that balance assessment and treatment should be incorporated in the treatment
plan of the COPD patients. Treatment should concentrate on both (static and dynamic) the component. Thus
helping the patient to improve their balance and quality of life.