Characteristics of the Functional Independence Measure in traumatic spinal cord injury

Short Title:
Characteristics of the Functional Independence Measure in traumatic spinal cord injury
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J37958.
Journal:
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
1999, vol. 80, issue 11, pp 1471-1476
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Abstract:
Study examining characteristics of the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI), including norms over time by level and completeness of injury; differential benefit of motor and cognition subscales; and "ceiling effect" after rehabilitation discharge. The study is based on analysis of FIM data from the National Database of the 18 Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems. Findings indicate that the cognition subscale is not useful for detecting changes over the time. In contrast, the motor subscale is useful for measuring the functional status of individuals over time, but several of its items appear to be redundant.
Author(s):
Hall, K. M.; Cohen, M. E.; Wright, J.; Call, M.; Werner, P.
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