Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Online ISSN : 2187-5626
Print ISSN : 0915-5287
Original Article
Structural validity of Balance Evaluation Systems Test assessed using factor and Rasch analyses in patients with stroke
Kazuhiro MiyataSatoshi HasegawaHiroki IwamotoTomohiro OtaniYoichi KaizuTomoyuki ShinoharaShigeru Usuda
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2018 Volume 30 Issue 12 Pages 1446-1454


[Purpose] The Balance Evaluation Systems Test (BESTest) is a comprehensive assessment tool, although it is not confined for use in stroke patients. This study aimed to determine the structural validity of the BESTest in self-ambulatory patients with stroke using both factor and Rasch analyses. [Participants and Methods] This retrospective study included 140 self-ambulatory patients with stroke. The structural validity of the BESTest was analyzed according to principal component, exploratory factor, Rasch, confirmatory factor, and correlation analyses. [Results] The analytical results supported a four-factor model comprising 25 items. The four factors included dynamic postural control with gait, static postural control, stepping reaction, and stability limits in sitting. Evidence of high structural validity and reliable internal consistency suggested that the 25-item BESTest is valid and reliable. Each factor was significantly correlated with lower extremity motor function and walking ability. [Conclusion] Eleven items in the BESTest were poorly correlated, and the remaining 25 items were grouped into four factors that demonstrated good structural validity for patients with stroke. Further studies should validate the applicability of the 25-item BESTest four-factor model in a larger sample of patients with stroke in a clinical setting.

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