The Development and Evaluation of the Powered Mobility Function Scale (PMFS) for Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy

Tal Krasovsky, Chana Shammah, Anat Addes, Amichai Brezner, Sharon Barak

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Abstract

Aims: To describe the development and evaluation of a novel task-based measure of powered mobility function: the Powered Mobility Function Scale (PMFS). Methods: PMFS was developed in Hebrew in four phases, with feedback from clinicians and clients. Psychometric properties (inter-rater, test–retest reliability, concurrent, convergent and known-groups validity) were evaluated for N = 49 children and adolescents with Cerebral Palsy (11.1 ± 4.8y) using Powered Mobility Program (PMP), Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS), Manual Ability Classification System (MACS) and Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test (PEDI-CAT) Results: PMFS development involved 3 versions over three years. Inter-rater reliability was (Formula presented.) =0.75–0.95 (video/observation). Test–retest reliability was (Formula presented.) =0.93–0.96. Concurrent validity (PMP) was (Formula presented.) =−0.84-to–0.96. Convergent validity (PEDI-CAT) was (Formula presented.) =−0.47-to-0.70. Known-groups validity (GMFCS/MACS) demonstrated medium effect sizes (r = 0.33–0.46) Conclusions: PMFS is valid and reliable for measuring powered mobility function in children and adolescents with CP. Future validation of the English version of PMFS is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-347
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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Keywords

  • Powered wheelchairs
  • cerebral palsy
  • cognitive impairment
  • participation
  • tool use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Developmental Neuroscience

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