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Self-report Measures of Mobility

Andrews, A. Williams MS, EdD, PT, NCS

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January/March 2012 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - p 2–10
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e31823417a5
Mobility Measures

Self-report measures of mobility provide important insight into patients' perception of difficulties that they have in performing mobility activities. The purposes of this article are to systematically identify the most commonly cited self-report measures of mobility in the literature and to discuss their clinimetric properties. The most common measures cited in the literature are the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (physical function subscale), the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (Physical Functioning Questionnaire), the Barthel Index (self-report), the Lower Extremity Functional Scale, and the Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique (mobility subscale). The clinimetric properties of these oft-cited self-report measures tend to be favorable, especially concerning issues of reliability and validity.

Department of Physical Therapy Education, Elon University, Elon, North Carolina.

Correspondence: A. Williams Andrews, MS, EdD, PT, NCS, Department of Physical Therapy Education, Elon University, Campus Box 2085, Elon, NC 27244 (

The author did not receive compensation from any organization for the development or completion of this article.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.