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Development of the Functional Mobility Assessment - Family Centered Version

Beavers, Dalthea Brown (2016) Development of the Functional Mobility Assessment - Family Centered Version. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Pediatric wheeled mobility devices require periodic updating to accommodate children’s physical growth, changing needs, and device maintenance requirements. Valid and reliable instruments are needed to facilitate the WMD assessment process and to evaluate the effect of new WMDs on clients’ functional status. While the Functional Mobility Assessment (FMA) is currently available for use with adults, no similar instrument has been developed for children. In this dissertation study, the Functional Mobility Assessment-Family Centered Version (FMA-FC) was developed to fill this void in assessment technologies. Content validity of the FMA-FC was established qualitatively using interviews with parents/caregivers and therapists with expertise in WMD assessment. Using the relevance scale, quantitative content validity of the FMA-FC Beta Version 1, as rated by parents/caregivers was 92 percent and as rated by therapists was 99 percent. Parents/caregivers and therapists indicated that the meaning of items was clear and all items were easy to rate. Both test-retest reliability (ICC = .85) and internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha = .87) of FMA-FC Beta-Version 3 were found to be acceptable.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Beavers, Dalthea Brownddb34@pitt.eduDDB34
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSchmeler, Markschmeler@pitt.eduSCHMELER
Committee CoChairHolm, Margo B.mbholm@pitt.eduMBHOLM
Committee MemberRogers, Joan C.jcr@pitt.eduJCR
Committee MemberPlummer,
Date: 2 June 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 13 April 2016
Approval Date: 2 June 2016
Submission Date: 13 April 2016
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 145
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobility, functional mobility, assessment, family-centered care, pediatrics, children
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2016 12:54
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2017 05:15


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