Rasch analysis of items from two self-report measures of motor function: determination of item difficulty and relationships with children's ability levels.
ABSTRACT The aim of this article was to determine item measurement properties of a set of items selected from the Gillette Functional Assessment Questionnaire (FAQ) and the Pediatric Outcome Data Collection Instrument (PODCI) using Rasch analysis, and to explore relationships between the FAQ/PODCI combined set of items, FAQ walking scale level, Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels, and the Gait Deviation Index on a common measurement scale.
Rasch analysis was performed on data from a retrospective chart review of parent-reported FAQ and PODCI data from 485 individuals (273 males; 212 females; mean age 9 y 10 mo, SD 3 y 10 mo) who underwent first-time three-dimensional gait analysis. Of the 485 individuals, 289 had a diagnosis of cerebral palsy (104 GMFCS level I, 97 GMFCS level II, 69 GMFCS level III, and 19 GMFCS level IV). Rasch-based person abilities and item difficulties based on subgroups defined by the FAQ walking scale level, Gait Deviation Index, and the GMFCS level were compared.
The FAQ/PODCI item set demonstrated necessary Rasch characteristics to support its use as a combined measurement scale. Item groupings at similar difficulty levels were consistent with the mean person abilities of subgroups based on FAQ walking scale level, Gait Deviation Index, and GMFCS level.
Rasch-derived person ability scores from the FAQ/PODCI combined item set are consistent with clinical measures. Rasch analysis provides insights that may improve interpretation of the difficulty of motor functions for children with disabilities.
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ABSTRACT: To investigate the relationships between changes in motor capacity (can do, in standardized environment), in motor capability (can do, in daily environment), and in motor performance (does do, in daily environment) among children with cerebral palsy (CP). Prospective longitudinal study. After baseline measurements (at the age of 18 months, 30 months, 5 years, 7 years, 9 years, 11 years, or 13 years), 2-year follow-up measurements were performed. Change-scores were calculated and Pearson correlations were used for change-score-relationships. A clinic-based population of children with CP. Toddlers, school-age children, and adolescents with CP (N=321; 200 boys and 121 girls). Levels of severity according to the GMFCS: Level I 42%, Level II 15%, Level III 17%, Level IV 13%, and Level V 13%. Not applicable MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Change in motor capacity was assessed with the Gross Motor Function Measure-66. Change in motor capability and motor performance were assessed with the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory, using the Functional-Skills-Scale and Caregiver-Assistance-Scale, respectively. Within the total group, change-score-correlations were moderate (between 0.52 and 0.67) and significant (p<0.001). For age groups, correlations were significantly higher in toddlers compared with school-age children and with adolescents. For severity levels, correlations were significantly higher in children at level III compared with level I, IV, and V. Results imply that change in motor capacity does not automatically translate to change in motor capability, nor that change in motor capability automatically translates in change in motor performance. Results also show different relationships for clinically relevant subgroups. These are important insights for clinical practice as it can guide evidence-based interventions with a focus on activities.Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 04/2014; · 2.18 Impact Factor