Applicability of Mobility Disability Scale in Community Dwelling Individuals

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Objective: To determine the applicability of newly developed mobility disability scale (MDS) in community dwelling individuals with different impairments.

Design: Cross sectional study

Setting: Patients’ houses in semi urban community

Method: 510 community dwelling individuals with different impairments were screened based on the selection criteria. Demographic characteristics of the selected patients were measured followed by the assessment using mobility disability scale for all the items. The item scores were added to calculate the individual domain scores and the total scores of MDS. Applicability of the scale was evaluated by identifying the average number of items scored in the scale, the type and severity of mobility disability based on age, gender and conditions. Descriptive statistics was used for all the analysis.

Interventions: Not applicable.

Results: 88% of patients (n=449) completed all the items in the scale indicating the relevance of items in majority of the community dwelling individuals. Patients included had varied ranges of mobility disability in domains with maximum disabilities in the transport (66.7%), ambient conditions (60%), attention demands (58.3%) and terrain characteristics (58%) which are the important aspects of community mobility. Patients above 70 years showed more mobility disability as compared to the lower age groups in all the domains. 70% of patients (n=354) included were males however gender did not influence the type or severity of mobility disability. Neurological patients had maximum disabilities in the community across other conditions.

Conclusion: MDS is highly applicable in community dwelling individuals to assess the type and severity of mobility disability. This scale could be generalized to both genders, adults and elderly living in community with varied impairments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplicability of Mobility Disability Scale in Community Dwelling Individuals
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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