The Community Balance and Mobility Scale (CB&MS)

Author of Tool: 

Howe, J. A., Inness, E. L., Venturini, A., Williams, J. I. Verrier, M. C.

Key references: 

Howe, J. A., Inness, E. L., Venturini, A., Williams, J. I. Verrier, M. C. (2006). The Community Balance and Mobility Scale--a balance measure for individuals with traumatic brain injury. Clinical rehabilitation, 20(10), 885-95.

Inness, E. L., Howe, J. A., Niechwiej-Szwedo, E., et al. (2009). Measuring Balance and Mobility after Traumatic Brain Injury: Validation of the Community Balance and Mobility Scale (CB&M). Physiotherapy Canada, 63(2), 199-208.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Community Balance and Mobility Scale (CB&MS) is designed to measure the ambulatory skills of individuals who are recovering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and attempting to once again integrate into the community.

Background: 

Each year up to five hundred thousand new cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are reported in the United States alone. Very often such injuries are accompanied by ambulatory disabilities which can only be overcome with specialized rehabilitation. Without good measurement tools it is impossible to draw accurate conclusions about the true effectiveness of such rehabilitation programs. Therefore, the Community Balance and Mobility Scale (CM&MS) was designed and verified to facilitate effective and systematic measurement of ambulatory skills in patients.

Psychometrics: 

The psychometric properties of the Community Balance and Mobility Scale (CB&MS) are outlined in detail in Howe, Inness, Venturini, Williams, & Verrier, (2006).

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