Normative functional reach values in elderly

What is a ‘normal’ functional reach value for elderly undergoing inpatient rehabilitation?

The assessment of standing and dynamic balance in hospitalized elderly often forms a key part of physiotherapy assessments. The functional reach test (FRT) forms a part of several well known balance/ falls outcome measures used to assess this population when undergoing rehabilitation. The FRT has been validated as a reliable and predictive outcome measure in elderly groups; however, current normative data is based upon data from only 2 population groups; Australian women and Japanese students. As such, new data is needed to provide more population specific values for community dwelling elderly. 


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