What domains of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health are covered by the most commonly used measurement instruments in traumatic brain injury research?

Sara Laxe, Uta Tschiesner, Nathan Zasler, Raquel López-Blazquez, Jose M. Tormos, Montserrat Bernabeu

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    Abstract

    Objective: To identify the most frequently used outcome measurement instruments reported in clinical studies on TBI and to provide a content comparison in the framework of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Patients and methods: A systematic literature review of clinical studies in TBI was performed using Medline, EMBASE and PsychINFO. The items of the measurement instruments present in more than 20% of the studies were linked to the ICF language. Results: 193 papers fulfilled the eligibility criteria. The frequency analysis identified six instruments: Functional Independence Measure (50%), Glasgow Outcome Scale (34%), Disability Rating Scale (32%), Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (29%), Trail Making Test (26%) and Community Integration Questionnaire (22%). The analysed instruments focus on different aspects of body functions (especially DRS, WAIS and TMT) and aspects of activities and participation in life (especially CIQ and FIM). Inter-researcher agreement for the ICF linking process was 0.83. Conclusions: Translating the items of different measurement instruments into the ICF language provides a practical tool to facilitate content comparisons among different outcome measures. The comparison can assist clinical researchers to integrate information acquired from different studies and different tools. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)645-650
    JournalClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
    Volume114
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012

    Keywords

    • Disability and health
    • ICF Core Set
    • International classification of functioning
    • Linking
    • Neurorehabilitation
    • Outcome measures
    • Traumatic brain injury

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