The Functional mobility scale (FMS)

Department of Orthopaedics, Royal Children's Hospital, Victoria, Australia.
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (Impact Factor: 1.47). 09/2004; 24(5):514-20. DOI: 10.1097/00004694-200409000-00011
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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.

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    • "A retrospective search was conducted of the laboratory database from 2006 and 2013. The following inclusion–exclusion criteria were used: (1) the individuals had a clinical diagnosis of CP; (2) the individuals were able to walk without assistive devices; (3) the age of the individual was between 3 and 30 years on the date of the examination; (4) the individuals had completed a clinical examination and a CGA on the same date; and (5) the individuals had no surgery 1 year before the CGA and no pharmacological treatment 6 months before the CGA (Graham et al. 2004). "
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    • "According to the gross motor function classification system (GMFCS) (Palisano et al. 1997), 2 children were at level I, 23 were at level II, and 9 were at level III preoperatively. Gait function was evaluated with the functional mobility scale (FMS), rating walking ability at 3 specific distances: 5, 50, and 500 m (Graham et al. 2004). A rating of 6 means that the child walks independently on all surfaces, and 5 means walking without support on level surfaces. "
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    • "The pain score ranged from a minimum of " 0 " to a maximum of " 10 " corresponding to " no pain " and " the worst pain he had ever had in his entire life " , respectively. The patient was also assessed with functional mobility scale (FMS) before and after the end of six months of treatment [Graham et al., 2004]. "
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