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Measuring participation across impairment groups using the craig handicap assessment reporting technique

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=14627930&dopt=Abstract

Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2003 Dec;82(12):936-41
Walker N, Mellick D, Brooks CA, Whiteneck GG.

OBJECTIVE

To assess the efficacy, across a range of disability groups, of the Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique (CHART), a measure of societal participation.

DESIGN

Cross-sectional analysis survey methodology.

A total of 1110 community-based, nonhospitalized Coloradans with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, stroke, burn, or amputation were interviewed twice, 2 wks apart, using the CHART and a single administration of the FIM trade mark.

RESULTS:

Across all impairment groups, the intraclass correlation for the total score and the subscales of CHART-R were high.

In addition, the CHART-R discriminated among the impairment categories in a direction that parallels increasing disability.

CONCLUSIONS:

CHART may be an appropriate measure of handicap for a range of physical or cognitive impairments.