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Interobserver reliability of the "Functional Independence Measure" (FIM) in patients with craniocerebral injuries



Interobserver reliability of the "Functional Independence Measure" (FIM) in patients with craniocerebral injuries



Pflege 15(4): 191-197



This study was conducted to examine the inter-rater reliability of the "Functional Independence Measure" (FIM). The FIM is an assessment to determine the functional independence of patients with disabilities. It consists of eighteen items to assess activities of daily living. The degree of independence is measured by a seven point ordinal scale. The inter-rater reliability was examined by a convenience sample of 128 assessments with the FIM. Fifteen nurses assessed thirty patients with brain injuries in a centre for rehabilitation. The design was correlational. The degree of agreement between the assessments was calculated by Cohen's Kappa coefficients. The Kappa coefficients of the assessments were between kappa = 0.56 and kappa = 0.78; the median of the Kappa coefficients is kappa = 0.65. This indicates a moderate to high inter-rater reliability of the FIM when used by nurses for the assessment of patients with head injuries.

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PMID: 12244828

DOI: 10.1024/1012-5302.15.4.191


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