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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006 Feb;87(2):189-97.

Participation survey/mobility: psychometric properties of a measure of participation for people with mobility impairments and limitations.

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Department of Neurology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA. grayda@msnotes.wustl.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the development and psychometric properties of a self-report survey of participation by people with mobility limitations, the Participation Survey/Mobility (PARTS/M).

DESIGN:

The information obtained during interviews and focus groups was used to develop items for the PARTS/M. Demographics and measures of disability, health, and functioning were collected. The PARTS/M was administered twice.

SETTING:

Primarily in the midwestern United States.

PARTICIPANTS:

Purposeful sample of 604 people with mobility limitations having a diagnosis of spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, or postpoliomyelitis.

INTERVENTIONS:

Not applicable.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE:

PARTS/M is composed of 20 major life activities that are placed in 6 domains used in the activity/participation component of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: self-care; mobility; domestic life; interpersonal interactions and relationships; major life areas; and community, social, and civic life. For each activity, questions were asked about components of participation including frequency, health-related limitations, importance, choice, satisfaction, use of assistive technology, and use of personal assistance.

RESULTS:

PARTS/M domains and components of participation had good internal consistency and stability. Composite participation scores were developed for participation components and domains.

CONCLUSIONS:

PARTS/M is a reliable measure of some aspects of participation in major life activities for people with mobility impairments and limitations living in community settings.

PMID:
16442971
DOI:
10.1016/j.apmr.2005.09.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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