Concurrent Validity of the Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM(™)) and the Pediatric Evaluation of Disabilities Inventory in Children with Developmental Disabilities and Acquired Brain Injuries

Jenny Ziviani, Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, Karin Shephard, Samantha Foreman, Wendy Astbury, Penny Ireland

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    Abstract

    TheFunctional IndependenceMeasure forChildren (WeeFIM(tm)) and the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) are the most commonly used measures of functional performance in children. The purpose of this study was to determine the concurrent validity of the instruments when used with children with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury. The subjects were 41 children, age 1.3 to 9.5 years, who were receiving inpatient or outpatient services at a pediatric rehabilitation unit in Brisbane, Australia. Spearman correlation coefficients between the two tests were greater than 0.88 for self care, transportation/locomotion, and communication/social function. The high correlations indicate that the two tests measure similar constructs. Choosing between the tests depends on situational requirements and depth of information required.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)91-101
    Number of pages11
    JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
    Volume21
    Issue number42038
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

    Keywords

    • Functional Independence Measure for Children
    • Functional assessment
    • Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
    • Rehabilitation
    • Occupational Therapy

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