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Using the functional independence measure to assess adults with cerebral palsy: an exploratory report

Balandin, Susan, Alexander, Betty and Hoffman, Deborah 1997, Using the functional independence measure to assess adults with cerebral palsy: an exploratory report, Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 323-332, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.1997.tb00027.x.

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Title Using the functional independence measure to assess adults with cerebral palsy: an exploratory report
Author(s) Balandin, SusanORCID iD for Balandin, Susan
Alexander, Betty
Hoffman, Deborah
Journal name Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 323
End page 332
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication West Sussex, England
Publication date 1997
ISSN 1360-2322
Summary The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) was selected as an assessment to be conducted annually with adults attending The Spastic Centre of New South Wales (SCNSW), Australia, an organisation specifically for individuals with cerebral palsy. Service-providers were trained in the administration of the FIM and in the use of a customised data base. Initially 173 adults with cerebral palsy were assessed, this number included 135 individuals in supported and open employment. The FIM is currently being used to assess all adults attending the SCNSW as part of an annual review. The data from this ongoing assessment procedure will assist in lobbying government to ensure that individuals have access to the attendant care services that they require to function optimally in the community and will provide a longitudinal data base for study of some of the effects of the ageing process on individuals with cerebral palsy. A case study is presented which illustrates the use of the FIM with a couple who live independently in the community.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-3148.1997.tb00027.x
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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