Spinal cord independence measure, version III: Applicability to the UK spinal cord injured population

Clive A. Glass, Luigi Tesio, Malka Itzkovich, Bakul M. Soni, Pedro Silva, Munawar Mecci, Raymond Chadwick, Waghiel El Masry, Aheed Osman, Gordana Savic, Brian Gardner, Ebba Bergström, Amiram Catz

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Objective: To examine the validity, reliability and usefulness of the Spinal Cord Independence Measure for the UK spinal cord injury population. Design: Multi-centre cohort study. Setting: Four UK regional spinal cord injury centres. Subjects: Eighty-six people with spinal cord injury. Interventions: Spinal Cord Independence Measure and Functional Independence Measure on admission analysed using inferential statistics, and Rasch analysis of Spinal Cord Independence Measure. Main outcome measures: Internal consistency, inter-rater reliability, discriminant validity; Spinal Cord Independence Measure subscale match between distribution of item difficulty and patient ability measurements; reliability of patient ability measures; fit of data to Rasch model; unidimensionality of subscales; hierarchical ordering of categories within items; differential item functioning across patient groups. Results: Scale reliability (kappa coefficients range 0.491-0.835; (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-728
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009


  • Rehabilitation
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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