Dr. Marla Beauchamp, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of best practices for assessing balance and fall risk in individuals with chronic lung disease. Evidence-based guidelines for older adults will be discussed, as well as a practical synthesis of evidence-to-date on common balance measures used in people with COPD including the Timed Up and Go, Single Leg Stance, Berg Balance Scale and Mini and Full Balance Evaluation Systems Tests. Finally, case scenarios will be provided to illustrate the process of evidence-based clinical decision-making with respect to balance assessment and treatment as part of the management of people with COPD.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • summarize evidence-based guidelines for assessing balance and fall risk in older adults;
  • describe the relevant measurement properties and evidence for common balance assessment tools in individuals with chronic lung disease; and
  • select and interpret balance measurement tools for use in people with COPD.