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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2002 May;83(5):613-27.

The amputee mobility predictor: an instrument to assess determinants of the lower-limb amputee's ability to ambulate.

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Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33146, USA. rgailey@bellsouth.net

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe the development of the Amputee Mobility Predictor (AMP) instrument designed to measure ambulatory potential of lower-limb amputees with (AMPPRO) and without (AMPnoPRO) the use of a prosthesis, and to test its reliability and validity.

DESIGN:

Measurement study using known groups method and concurrence with existing measures.

SETTING:

Academic medical center.

PARTICIPANTS:

A convenience sample of 191 lower-limb amputee subjects who had completed prosthetic training, 24 in the reliability study (mean age +/- standard deviation, 68.3+/-17.9y, range, 28-99y) and 167 in the validity study (mean age, 54.8+/-18.6y; range, 18-100y).

INTERVENTIONS:

Not applicable.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Intra- and interrater reliability; construct validity by known groups method; concurrent validity by comparisons with 6-minute walk test, Comorbidity Index, age, and time since amputation; predictive validity by comparison with 6-minute walk test after controlling for other factors.

RESULTS:

Interrater reliability was.99 for subjects tested with and without their prosthesis; intrarater reliability was.96 and.97. Both the AMPnoPRO (P<.0001) and the AMPPRO scores (P<.0001) distinguished among the 4 Medicare functional classification levels. The AMP correlated strongly with 6-minute walk scores (AMPnoPRO r=.69, P<.0001; AMPPRO r=.82, P<.0001) and the amputee activity survey (AMPnoPRO r=.67, P<.0001; AMPPRO r=.77, P<.0001), and negatively correlated with age (AMPnoPRO r=-.69, P<.0001; AMPPRO r=.56, P<.0001) and comorbidity (AMPnoPRO r=-.43, P<.0001; AMPPRO r=.38, P<.0001).

CONCLUSION:

The AMP with and without a prosthesis are reliable and valid measures for the assessment of functional ambulation in lower-limb amputee subjects.

PMID:
11994800
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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