Motor Function Measure: Validation of a Short Form for Young Children With Neuromuscular Diseases

Title

Motor Function Measure: Validation of a Short Form for Young Children With Neuromuscular Diseases

Creator

de Lattre C; Payan C; Vuillerot C; Rippert P; de Castro D; Berard C; Poirot I;MFM Study Group

Publisher

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Date

2013

Subject

reliability; Rehabilitation; scale; spinal muscular-atrophy; ambulation; Disability evaluation; dystrophy; Neuromuscular diseases; outcome measure; sma-iii patients; Sport Sciences; SMA1; tool development; scale development

Description

Objective: To validate a useful version of the Motor Function Measure (MFM) in children with neuromuscular diseases aged <7 years old. Design: Two prospective cohort studies that documented the MFM completion of children aged between 2 and 7 years old. Setting: French-speaking rehabilitation departments from France, Belgium, and Switzerland. Participants: Healthy children (n=194) and children with a neuromuscular disease (n=88). Interventions: Patients were rated by the MFM either once or twice by trained medical professionals, with a delay between the 2 MFMs ranging between 8 and 30 days. Main Outcome Measure: Intra- and interrater reliability of the MFM. Results: The subtests making up the MFM-32, a scale monitoring severity and progression of motor function in patients with a neuromuscular disease in 3 functional domains, were carried out in healthy children aged 2 to 7 years. Twenty items of the MFM-32 were successfully completed by these children and were used to constitute the MFM-20. Principal component analysis of the MFM-20 confirmed the 3 functional domains. Inter- and intrarater reliability of the 3 subscores and total score were high (intraclass correlation coefficient >.90), and discriminant validity was good. Conclusions: The MFM-20 can be used as an outcome measure for assessment of motor function in young children with neuromuscular disease. (C) 2013 by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

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Citation

de Lattre C; Payan C; Vuillerot C; Rippert P; de Castro D; Berard C; Poirot I;MFM Study Group, “Motor Function Measure: Validation of a Short Form for Young Children With Neuromuscular Diseases,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 16, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16626.

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