Equivalence reliability of the functional independence measure for children (WeeFIM) administration methods.

Title

Equivalence reliability of the functional independence measure for children (WeeFIM) administration methods.

Creator

Sperle PA; Ottenbacher KJ; Braun SL; Lane SJ; Nochajski S

Publisher

The American Journal Of Occupational Therapy.: Official Publication Of The American Occupational Therapy Association

Date

1997

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; Male; Interviews as Topic; Longitudinal Studies; Activities of Daily Living; Reproducibility of Results; Psychometrics; Observer Variation; Disability Evaluation; Preschool; infant; Cerebral Palsy/rehabilitation; Developmental Disabilities/rehabilitation; Down Syndrome/rehabilitation

Description

OBJECTIVE: This study examined the equivalence reliability of two administration methods for the Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM). The two methods were direct observation of child performance and parental interview. METHOD: Thirty children between the ages of 19 months and 71 months with identified developmental disabilities were included in this study. The direct observation and interview methods were administered in random order to each subject within a 3-week period. The direct observation was completed in the educational setting, and the WeeFIM interview was obtained by either in-person interview or telephone interview with the parent. RESULTS: The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) for total WeeFIM ratings was .93, indicating consistency between the two administration methods. Analysis of the WeeFIM Motor (13 items) and Cognitive (5 items) domains yielded ICC values of .93 and .75, respectively, suggesting greater consistency for items measuring motor-related skills. CONCLUSION: The results demonstrate good agreement for total ratings when the WeeFIM is administered by direct observation and by interview with a parent. The findings establish the clinical usefulness of information collected by clinical interview.
1997

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

35-41

Issue

1

Volume

51

Citation

Sperle PA; Ottenbacher KJ; Braun SL; Lane SJ; Nochajski S, “Equivalence reliability of the functional independence measure for children (WeeFIM) administration methods.,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 21, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11745.

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