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Functional Independence Measure Prediction: An Initial Evaluation of Residents' Skills

Zafonte, Ross DO; Millis, Scott PhD; Mann, Nancy MD; Black, Kertia MD; Watanabe, Thomas MD; DeSantis, Nancy DO; Pelshaw, Charles MD

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: May-June 2000 - Volume 79 - Issue 3 - p 278-282
Education & Administration: Predicting Outcome
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The purpose of this preliminary study was to assess the ability of first-year PM&R residents to accurately predict functional outcome in an acute rehabilitation setting. Although statistically significant, the accuracy and precision of the residents' predictive skills were rather modest. A future focus on innovative methods to evaluate and develop these clinical skills appears warranted.

From the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Current Address: Scott Millis, PhD, Kessler Medical Rehabilitation, Research Education Corporation, and Thomas Watanabe, MD, University of Cincinnati

Reprints: All correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to Ross D. Zafonte, DO, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, 261 Mack Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201.

Disclosures: Supported, in part, by Grant H133A-20016 from the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the United States Department of Education.

Presented, in part, at the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, Colorado Springs, CO, 1997.

© 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.