Translating measures across the continuum of care: using Rasch analysis to create a crosswalk between the Functional Independence Measure and the Minimum Data Set

TitleTranslating measures across the continuum of care: using Rasch analysis to create a crosswalk between the Functional Independence Measure and the Minimum Data Set
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsVelozo C.A, Byers K.L, Wang Y.C, Joseph B.R
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume44
Issue3
Pagination467-78
Type of ArticleComparative Study<br/>Multicenter Study<br/>Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't<br/>Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
ISBN Number1938-1352 (Electronic)<br/>0748-7711 (Linking)
Accession Number18247243
KeywordsActivities of Daily Living/*classification/psychology, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Ataxia/physiopathology/psychology/*rehabilitation, Disability Evaluation, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Psychometrics/*methods, Recovery of Function/*physiology, Reproducibility of Results, Sickness Impact Profile, Walking/*physiology
Abstract

Setting-specific outcome measures present a major barrier to monitoring patient progress across the continuum of care. This study demonstrated Rasch analysis for the creation of a crosswalk between the Functional Independence Measure (FIM), which is used in inpatient rehabilitation, and the Minimum Data Set (MDS), which is used in skilled nursing facilities. To create the crosswalk, we used data from a sample of 236 patients from four Department of Veterans Affairs' facilities who had had both the FIM and the MDS administered within 7 days. The combined FIM-MDS analysis showed good internal consistency (Cronbach alpha = 0.94), with 21 of the 26 items showing acceptable fit statistics. FIM and MDS raw scores correlated at -0.81 and the measures, corrected for scale direction, correlated at 0.78. Future validity testing will be necessary to determine the accuracy and applicability of the crosswalk.

Link

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18247243

Short TitleJ Rehabil Res DevJournal of rehabilitation research and development
Alternate JournalJ Rehabil Res Dev