Turkish version of Brief Ataxia Rating Scale.

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Arslan E. , Erden A. , Dilber B. , Esenülkü G. , Şahin S. , Kamasak T. , ...More

Disability and rehabilitation, pp.1-5, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1701101
  • Title of Journal : Disability and rehabilitation
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-5


Aim: Our aim was to perform the Turkish-language adaptation of a practical ataxia rating scale for children. Methods: The Brief Ataxia Rating Scale was subjected to cultural adaptation following receipt of the requisite permissions. Thirty-six children aged 4-18 years followed-up with a diagnosis of ataxia were included in the study. Evaluation of each child was recorded on video. The video recordings were scored independently by nine observers (four physiotherapists, one pediatric neurologist, and four pediatricians). Intra-rater reliability was tested by the same video images being scored twice, at 15-day intervals, by a pediatric neurologist. Intraclass correlation coefficients were used for inter-rater and intra-rater reliability. The Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia was used for concurrent validity. Results: Good to excellent reliability was determined among the nine observers in terms of total scores with the intraclass correlation coefficient among the nine observers (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.926; 95% CI: 0.885-0.956). Intra-rater reliability analysis results exhibited strong reliability in terms of scores elicited at two-week intervals (intraclass correlation coefficient = 0.967; 95% CI: 0.890-0.987, r = 0.97, p < 0.001). At concurrent validity analysis, a strong relation was determined between total Scale of the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia score and total Brief Ataxia Rating Scale score (r = 0.942, p < 0.001). Conclusion: The Turkish-language adaptation of the Brief Ataxia Rating Scale is reliable and valid for application in children.