Date of Award

1994

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Physical Therapy (M.S.)

Department

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Jane Toot

Second Advisor

S. Franklin

Third Advisor

S. Hong

Abstract

Health care needs of the growing elderly population place a great demand on the health care system. Information regarding a client's function is essential in geriatric care. Therefore, continuing research to develop reliable functional evaluation tools is imperative. One functional evaluation tool available to health care professionals is Functional Assessment of the Elderly (FAE). The purpose of this study is to examine the professional inter-rater and client self report reliability of the environmental section of FAE.; A random sample of 18 subjects was obtained. Subjects were required to be age 60 and older, and clients of the West Michigan area Visiting Nurse Services. The environmental section was filled out by three investigators through direct observation of each subject's home. The subject also completed the form.; The results were tabulated and each question analyzed using percentages. It was found that 23 of the 31 questions showed 90-100% agreement among the professionals. It was also found that 23 questions showed 90-100% agreement between the professionals and the client. No conclusive statements can be made regarding professional inter-rater and self report reliability due to the small sample size.

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