HABAMHierarchical Assessment of Balance and Mobility
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Using the effect size statistic the HABAM was most responsive, followed by the Barthel mobility subscale.
The HABAM is a graphic and rapid assessment of mobility and balance in the hospitalized elderly.
We administered the HABAM at the patient's bedside, both on the ward and in the emergency room.
We could not validate the HABAM against several widely-used scales, as they are not feasible for use with many hospitalized elderly patients.
The HABAM is responsive as measured by both the relative efficiency and effect size statistics.
The numerical result obtained with the HABAM is not intended to classify or compare patients.
HABAM 0.59 3.13 Barthel Index 0.35 - Barthel (mobility) 0.51 2.86 Folstein MMSE 0.34 0.92 Lawton-Brody IADL 0.07 2.13 Spitzer QL 0.47 5.16 A practical dilemma in the care of frail elderly patients with atypical disease presentations is that many of the usual clinical markers of improvement or deterioration are missing.
The HABAM, like the Barthel Index, is an ordinal scale, and this fact engenders controversy over analysis.