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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29458

Title: Development of the screen for limitations in mobility (SLIM): A self-report tool for surgical oncology patients
Authors: Spencer, Robyn
Fee, Tom
Hall, Elizabeth
Rogers, Ashley
Sluzar, Maia
Advisor: Law, Deirdre
Weitzner, Eleanor
Wheeler, Vanessa
Salbach, Nancy
Cooper, Nicole
Department: Physical Therapy
Keywords: functional mobility
oncology
physical therapy
screening tool
self-report
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Purpose: Health care professionals do not always identify the limitations in functional mobility experienced by patients living with cancer and its treatment. Therefore, appropriate referral to rehabilitation does not always occur. The purpose of this study was to develop a self-report screening tool to identify surgical oncology patients requiring a referral to physical therapy to address functional mobility limitations. The face validity, content validity and comprehensibility of the tool were evaluated. Methods: A cross-sectional quantitative study was conducted using a step-wise process involving initial development of the tool, evaluation of its face and content validity by physical therapists (PTs) with experience in surgical oncology, and evaluation of its comprehensibility by former surgical oncology patients. Results: The tool was judged to have both face and content validity based on feedback from 10 PT-participants and a review by the research team. Comprehensibility of the items and instructions of the tool was confirmed by 7 patient-participants. The tool, named the Screen for Limitations In Mobility (SLIM), includes 13 items with 2 possible response options for each. Conclusions: The SLIM may assist in facilitating the referral process by identifying surgical oncology patients who would benefit from referral to physical therapy.
Description: Affiliated institutions include: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (D. Law, E. Weitzner, V. Wheeler, N. Cooper), University of Toronto (N. Salbach)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29458
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