Screening of Stroke Patients Using Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment (POMA) Scale
Keywords:Performance Oriented Mobility Assessment (POMA)
Background: The rapid growth of the elderly population has resulted in a corresponding rise in the
number of elderly individuals who experience disability during their lifetimes.
Objective: The purpose of this study was to test the usefulness of four established clinical measures of
balance, gait, and subjective perceptions of fear of falling as screening methods for referring community
individuals living in residential care for detailed physical therapy evaluation and possible intervention.
Methods: 50 elderly individuals living in two residential care for the elderly were tested on clinical
measures of balance and mobility. Their performance on these measures was compared with a physical
therapist’s brief evaluation of disability and appropriateness for more detailed evaluation. The usefulness
of these tools as screening methods was determined by calculating validating levels using the physical
therapist’s evaluation as a standard.
Results: Thus, it can be analysed thatthe p < 0.0001 was kept as a highly significant reference value.
Conclusion: This study concludes that screening for balance and gait in elderly stroke patients with
a combination of components which mainly measures the balance and gait using the performance
oriented mobility assessment (POMA) scale gives the highest validity for the screening of stroke
patients compared to the other scales.
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