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Revised version of the ability for basic movement scale (ABMS II) as an early predictor of functioning related to activities of daily living in patients after stroke

Taira Tanaka, Keiji Hashimoto, Kentaro Kobayashi, Hidekazu Sugawara, Masahiro Abo
DOI: 10.2340/16501977-0487


Background: The objective of this study was to test the predictive validity of a new scale, the Revised Version of the Ability for Basic Movement Scale (ABMS II).
Methods: A total of 71 patients after stroke participated in this prospective study. In addition to the ABMS II score, age, limb paresis as measured by the Brunnström stage, and functional ability as measured by the Barthel Index were also selected as predictor variables.
Results: Pearson’s correlation coefficient analysis showed that the state of functional ability according to the 4-week Barthel Index had significant positive correlations with total scores of ABMS II and Brunnström stage at all data collection time-points. The results of linear stepwise regression analysis indicated that the “turn over from supine position” at the start of rehabilitation and “remain sitting” items of ABMS II at 2 weeks after onset of the stroke, in addition to the 2-week Barthel Index and 2-week Brunnström stage, were significant predictors (88.9%) of functional ability at 4 weeks after onset of stroke.
Conclusion: This study provides evidence for the predictive value of the ABMS II with regard to functional ability in patients after stroke.

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