5017.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000 - 9:00 AM

Abstract #15725

Development and testing of a new set of ICIDH-2 participation measures

Barbara L. Gandek, MS, Jennifer J. Krebs, MAR, and John E. Ware Jr, PhD. Health Assessment Lab, 15 Court Square, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02108, (617) 523-7336, blg1000@yahoo.com

The WHO is revising its international classification of functioning and disablement (ICIDH-2) to include impairments, activity, participation (the nature and extent of a person's involvement in life situations), and environmental and personal factors. This presentation describes the conceptual framework and plan for testing a new set of measures based on the ICIDH-2 participation dimension. Interchangeable long and short-form questionnaires were developed from a common pool of participation items. These forms differ in respondent burden and can be used for different purposes. Additionally, the participation item pool can form the basis for individualized testing through computerized dynamic assessment. The participation measures are being developed in coordination with a set of activity measures, through a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.

In order for the new participation measures to benefit fully from past research, development of the item pool began with a review of the rehabilitation and health status literature from the past 25 years. The resulting 44 questionnaires and 562 items were classified according to the ICIDH-2 framework. Many existing items required rewording to achieve a consumer rather than provider perspective and to correct measurement problems identified in previous studies. Additional items were created to fill in gaps in item content relative to the ICIDH-2. Consumer focus groups and expert reviews were used to improve items. Preliminary results from tests of scaling assumptions and reliability will be presented, using data from a pilot test and other available datasets.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to describe a new set of measures of participation in life situations, which can be used among individuals with disabilities and other populations

Keywords: ICIDH-2, Assessments

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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