Functional mobility assessment is reliable and correlated with satisfaction, independence and skills

Debora Caires Paulisso, Mark R. Schmeler, Richard M. Schein, Ana Luiza Caltabiano Allegretti, Lays Cléria Batista Campos, Jacqueline Denubila Costa, Emerson Fachin-Martins, Daniel Marinho Cezar da Cruz

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Mobility is essential for activities of daily living and therapists should give priority to evaluate its effects in their client’s performance. We aimed to ascertain the intra- and inter-rater reliability of Functional Mobility Assessment (FMA) and to identify correlations among satisfaction, independence, and skills in 44 users of manual wheelchairs and three users of powered wheelchairs. We analyzed the test-retest and inter-rater reliability of the FMA in a sample of 47 wheelchair users using the Cronbach’s Alpha. For correlations with FMA were used the Quebec User Evaluation of Satisfaction with Assistive Technology, Functional Independence Measure, and Wheelchair Skills Test Questionnaire (manual and powered forms). The test-retest reliability showed good internal consistency (α > 0.9). Associations between functional independence, wheelchair skills, and functional mobility were significant (p < .05). The Brazilian version of the FMA is reliable for use among wheelchair users, and its correlation with other measurements suggests cohesion among assessments related to mobility devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-270
Number of pages7
JournalAssistive Technology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2021


  • assessment
  • mobility
  • outcomes
  • self-help devices
  • wheeled mobility aids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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