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Concurrent Validity of Two Gait Performance Measures in Children with Neuromotor Disorders


Ammann-Reiffer, Corinne; Bastiaenen, Caroline H. G; Klöti, Corina; van Hedel, Hubertus J. A (2018). Concurrent Validity of Two Gait Performance Measures in Children with Neuromotor Disorders. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics:Epub ahead of print.

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AIMS: To investigate the concurrent validity of two mobility performance measures, the Functional Mobility Scale (FMS) and the Gillette Functional Assessment Questionnaire - walking scale (FAQ) in an inpatient pediatric neurorehabilitation setting.
METHODS: Cross-sectional data were collected on 71 children (mean age 12.7 years) with neuromotor gait impairments who participated in an inpatient rehabilitation program to evaluate aspects of concurrent validity of the FMS and FAQ. Physiotherapists independently performed ratings. Comparator instruments included the walking item of the Functional Independence Measure for children, 10-m and 6-minute walking tests, and Gross Motor Function Measure-88 dimension E. All tests were completed within 7 days. Spearman correlation coefficients were calculated to test a priori formulated hypotheses regarding the strength and direction of the measures relationships.
RESULTS: The children had a broad spectrum of mobility levels, including all levels of FMS and levels 2-10 of FAQ. Spearman correlation coefficients with comparator measures varied between 0.58-0.79 for the FMS and 0.69-0.73 for the FAQ. Hypotheses concerning correlation strengths and directions were met for FMS and FAQ.
CONCLUSIONS: The findings demonstrate that the FMS and FAQ are valid to evaluate functional mobility in pediatric inpatient neurorehabilitation.

Abstract

AIMS: To investigate the concurrent validity of two mobility performance measures, the Functional Mobility Scale (FMS) and the Gillette Functional Assessment Questionnaire - walking scale (FAQ) in an inpatient pediatric neurorehabilitation setting.
METHODS: Cross-sectional data were collected on 71 children (mean age 12.7 years) with neuromotor gait impairments who participated in an inpatient rehabilitation program to evaluate aspects of concurrent validity of the FMS and FAQ. Physiotherapists independently performed ratings. Comparator instruments included the walking item of the Functional Independence Measure for children, 10-m and 6-minute walking tests, and Gross Motor Function Measure-88 dimension E. All tests were completed within 7 days. Spearman correlation coefficients were calculated to test a priori formulated hypotheses regarding the strength and direction of the measures relationships.
RESULTS: The children had a broad spectrum of mobility levels, including all levels of FMS and levels 2-10 of FAQ. Spearman correlation coefficients with comparator measures varied between 0.58-0.79 for the FMS and 0.69-0.73 for the FAQ. Hypotheses concerning correlation strengths and directions were met for FMS and FAQ.
CONCLUSIONS: The findings demonstrate that the FMS and FAQ are valid to evaluate functional mobility in pediatric inpatient neurorehabilitation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:16 January 2018
Deposited On:07 Mar 2018 14:34
Last Modified:14 Mar 2018 15:39
Publisher:Informa Healthcare
ISSN:0194-2638
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/01942638.2017.1420003
PubMed ID:29336642

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