The effectiveness of a questionnaire in the triage and diagnosis of balance disorders

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1) To assess whether a questionnaire could safely triage balance patients into either a multidisciplinary balance clinic or an audiology led BPPV service.

2) To establish how accurate a diagnosis based on the responses to the questionnaire alone was compared to the eventual diagnosis.


50 consecutive balance clinic patients prospectively filled in a questionnaire. Eventual diagnosis was compared to predicted diagnosis from the questionnaire. Sensitivities, specificities, odd ratios and positive predictive values of the questionnaire for the common diagnoses were calculated.


All patients were safely triaged. Everyone predicted BPPV by the questionnaire had BPPV. The questionnaire demonstrated high predictive accuracies for the 3 most common diagnoses of BPPV, Meniere’s disease and migraine associated vertigo.


The dizziness questionnaire not only enables safe triage of dizzy patients to the appropriate clinic, but also has good predictive accuracies for the common causes of dizziness.

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