Skip Navigation LinksHome > October 2003 - Volume 82 - Issue 10 > Specificity of Functional Mobility Measures in Older Adults...
American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation:
Research Articles: Outcomes

Specificity of Functional Mobility Measures in Older Adults After Hip Fracture: A Pilot Study

Mendelsohn, Marissa E. BSc; Leidl, Daniel S. MSc; Overend, Tom J. PhD; Petrella, Robert J. MD, PhD

Collapse Box


Mendelsohn ME, Leidl DS, Overend TJ, Petrella RJ: Specificity of functional mobility measures in older adults after hip fracture: A pilot study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2003;82:766-774.

Objective: To determine the relationships between measures of functional mobility (Timed Up and Go [TUG], Self-Paced Walking [SPW], Berg Balance Scale [BBS]) and global functional status (FIM™ instrument), the motor component of the FIM instrument (motor FIM), and the mobility/locomotor-specific FIM component (ML-FIM) in older patients admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation program after hip fracture.

Design: The TUG, SPW, BBS, and FIM instrument were administered within 24 hr after admission and before discharge to 20 patients undergoing inpatient rehabilitation after a hip fracture.

Results: Significant correlations at admission were found between FIM and TUG scores (r = −0.47; p < 0.05), TUG and motor FIM (r = −0.45; p < 0.05), TUG and ML-FIM (r = −0.58; p < 0.01), FIM and BBS (r = 0.60; p < 0.01), motor FIM and BBS (r = 0.50; p < 0.05), and ML-FIM and BBS (r = 0.45; p < 0.05). At discharge, a significant correlation was found between the motor FIM and SPW (r = −0.49; p < 0.05). Change scores between both the motor FIM and ML-FIM and TUG scores were significantly correlated (r = −0.47, p < 0.05, r = −0.50, p < 0.05, respectively).

Conclusions: The FIM instrument, motor FIM, and ML-FIM may not be specific measures of functional mobility in patients with hip fracture.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


Article Tools


Article Level Metrics

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.