Title

Measuring function in young children with impairments

Department

Health Promotion

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

Pediatric Physical Therapy

Publication Date

2010-03-01

Volume

22

Issue

1

First Page

42

Last Page

50

Abstract

Purpose: To determine the psychometric properties of a new functional assessment tool, the WeeFIM 0-3 instrument, intended to measure function in young children with physical, cognitive, or developmental impairments from birth to 3 years of age. Specific aims were to determine whether differences exist in WeeFIM 0-3 ratings in children with impairments as compared with those without, controlling for age and gender, and to determine the internal consistency, validity, and hierarchical properties of the instrument. Methods: Cross-sectional study of 173 children with impairments and 354 without impairments. Results: Controlling for age, children without impairments had significantly higher mean WeeFIM 0-3 ratings than children with impairments. There were no differences in mean ratings by gender. The instrument displayed high internal consistency, construct, and predictive validity; maintained a hierarchy of item difficulty; and discriminant properties. Conclusion: Further reliability studies are needed to determine the instrument sensitivity and ability to detect change over time. Copyright © 2010 Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Keywords

Child, Factor analysis, Functional assessment, Outcome assessment, Psychometrics

DOI

10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181cd17e8

https://doi.org/10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181cd17e8

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