Brain Neurorehabil.  2018 Sep;11(2):e17. 10.12786/bn.2018.11.e17.

The Feasibility of the Adaptation of Ability for Basic Movement Scale II for Patients with Parkinson Disease

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, The Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.


The Ability for Basic Movement Scale (ABMS) II has been introduced recently in some institutions for assessment of motor function in hemiparesis patients. This scale can estimate 5 important basic movements (turn over from supine position, sit up, remain sitting, stand up and remain standing). However, this scale has not been used in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The purpose
of this study was to determine the association among ABMS II, lower leg muscle strength, activity of daily living (ADL) and neurological deterioration in PD patients. Forty-nine patients with PD were studied (mean age at evaluation: 73.8 ± 15.9 years; time between onset and evaluation: 33.8 ± 44.2 months, ± standard deviation). All patients underwent assessments with ABMS II, Barthel index (BI), lower limb muscle strength and Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) Part 3. ABMS II correlated significantly with UPDRS Part 3 and BI, and moderately with lower leg muscle strength. There was no correlation between UPDRS Part 3 and lower leg muscle strength. The study demonstrated that ABMS II score was associated significantly with neurological deterioration, ADL and lower leg muscle strength in patients with PD. We advocate the use of ABMS II by physical therapist for the assessment of PD patients.


Parkinson Disease; Muscle Strength; Scale; Activities of Daily Living; Disability Evaluation
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