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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25247

Title: Development of a challenge module for the gross motor function measure for high functioning children with an acquired brain injury: bridging the measurement gap
Authors: Ibey, Robyn
Chung, Rochelle
Benjamin, Nicole
Littlejohn, Shannon
Sarginson, Andrea
Advisor: Salbach, Nancy
Kirkwood, Gail
Wright, Virginia
Department: Physical Therapy
Keywords: gross motor function measure
GMFM
acquired brain injury
children
adolescents
high-functioning
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Purpose: To develop a Challenge Module (CM) to evaluate gross motor function among high-functioning children with an acquired brain injury (ABI). Methods: Module development was multistep process. Items were identified from existing scales and literature. An expert panel of physical therapists helped to select an item pool based on rating criteria of safety, feasibility and importance. Paediatric physical therapists item ratings, obtained in a web-based survey, were used to reduce the item pool. The CM was then developed and pilot tested with children and adolescents with an ABI. Results: Seventy-eight items were generated and reduced to 47 items based on expert panel discussion. Web-survey item reduction yielded a 24-item CM administered to six participants with an ABI aged 8-17 years. Mean CM Total score was 50.7/81 (SD=17.4). One item was eliminated from the CM as it was less challenging than originally expected and similar to an existing task. Conclusion: This study resulted in a 23-item CM which is feasible to administer and challenges this high-functioning population beyond the current GMFM. Future studies are required to refine the CM s items and response options, and determine its psychometric properties prior to clinical use.
Description: Affiliated institutions include: Bloorview Kids Rehab (G. Kirkwood, V. Wright), University of Toronto (N. Salbach)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25247
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