Tele-Assessment of the Berg Balance Scale: Effects of Transmission Characteristics.

Journal Article

To compare Berg Balance Scale (BBS) rating using videos with differing transmission characteristics with direct in-person rating.Repeated-measures study for the assessment of the BBS in 8 configurations: in person, high-definition video with slow motion review, standard-definition videos with varying bandwidths and frame rates (768 kilobytes per second [kbps] videos at 8, 15, and 30 frames per second [fps], 30 fps videos at 128, 384, and 768 kbps).Medical center.Patients with limitations (N=45) in ≥1 of 3 specific aspects of motor function: fine motor coordination, gross motor coordination, and gait and balance.Not applicable.Ability to rate the BBS in person and using videos with differing bandwidths and frame rates in frontal and lateral views.Compared with in-person rating (7%), 18% (P=.29) of high-definition videos and 37% (P=.03) of standard-definition videos could not be rated. Interrater reliability for the high-definition videos was .96 (95% confidence interval, .94-.97). Rating failure proportions increased from 20% in videos with the highest bandwidth to 60% (P<.001) in videos with the lowest bandwidth, with no significant differences in proportions across frame rate categories. Both frontal and lateral views were critical for successful rating using videos, with 60% to 70% (P<.001) of videos unable to be rated on a single view.Although there is some loss of information when using videos to rate the BBS compared to in-person ratings, it is feasible to reliably rate the BBS remotely in standard clinical spaces. However, optimal video rating requires frontal and lateral views for each assessment, high-definition video with high bandwidth, and the ability to carry out slow motion review.

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Cited Authors

  • Venkataraman, K; Morgan, M; Amis, KA; Landerman, LR; Koh, GC; Caves, K; Hoenig, H

Published Date

  • April 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 98 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 659 - 664.e1

PubMed ID

  • 27894732

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-821X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-9993

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.10.019


  • eng