The Functional Mobility Scale (FMS)

H. Kerr Graham, Adrienne Harvey, Jillian Rodda, Gary R. Nattrass, Marinis Pirpiris

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Abstract

We devised a new Functional Mobility Scale (FMS) to describe functional mobility in children with cerebral palsy, as an aid to communication between orthopaedic surgeons and health professionals. The unique feature of the FMS is the freedom to score functional mobility over three distinct distances, chosen to represent mobility in the home, at school and in the wider community. We examined the construct, content, and concurrent validity of the FMS in a cohort of 310 children with cerebral palsy by comparing the FMS to existing scales and to instrumented measures of physical function. We demonstrated the scale to be both valid and reliable in a consecutive population sample of 310 children with cerebral palsy seen in our tertiary referral center. The FMS was useful for discriminating between large groups of children with varying levels of disabilities and functional mobility and sensitive to detect change after operative intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-520
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Activity monitoring
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Disability
  • Energy expenditure
  • Functional mobility
  • ICF
  • Limitations
  • NCMRR
  • Outcomes
  • Spastic diplegia
  • Uptime

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