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OVER 98% PASS RATE FOR THE NCS, OCS, AND PCS EXAMS forums NCS Advantage Outcome measure cut-off numbers

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    • #489662
      Liping Li

      For practice exam 2:

      92. Based on the information provided, which individual would be considered a high falls risk?
      a. A 66-year-old male with a Berg Balance Scale score of 49
      b. A 79-year-old male with a Dynamic Gait Index score of 20
      c. An 82-year-old female with a Functional Gait Assessment score of 21
      d. A 90-year-old female with a Timed Up and Go time of 12 seconds
      Scores of 22 or less on the FGA indicate a falls risk. The other situations do not score below the falls risk cut-offs.

      Less than 50/56 on Berg indicates risk of fall and less than 40/56 indicates 100% fall risk. Less than 23/30 on FGA indicates fall risk. So I think both a and c indicate patient have high risk of fall. Considering the ages of the patients and outcome measures (Berg for static balance and FGA for dynamic balance), I think choice A patient is more likely to fall compared to choice C patient. May I know why choice C would be considered a high falls risk instead of choice A?

    • #489672

      Hi Liping,
      Thanks for bringing this to my attention! This question was written when the cut-off for falls risk on the BBS was 45/56. I’ve updated the question to have one correct answer.

    • #489683

      Where is it sited that the BBS <50 indicates fall risk? I have only ever seen 45 in the literature. Can you direct me to this information? Also is this information too new to be changed on the exam this year? Thanks!

    • #489691

      Wow! I totally missed that! Thanks!

    • #489815
      Sydney Dalton

      So we should go off of the <50 on the Berg as being the cut-off for fall risk?

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