The Newcastle Independence Assessment Form—Research:Development of an Alternative Functional Measure

Semlyen, J. K. ORCID:, Hurrell, E., Carter, S. and Barnes, M. P. (1996) The Newcastle Independence Assessment Form—Research:Development of an Alternative Functional Measure. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 10 (4). pp. 251-257. ISSN 1545-9683

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The Newcastle Independence Assessment Form-Research (NIAF-R) is a 55-item global measure of the functional independence of people with neurologic disability. It has been designed to establish outcome over time-throughout recovery and at long- term follow-up. This paper recounts the development of this scale and demonstrates its expediency, acknowledging the presence of other less suitable or less user-friendly extended ADL and global functional assessment measures. Interrater agreement was demonstrated throughout the developmental stages of the NIAF-R. The majority of kappa ratings were greater than 0.6 in a comparison between the NIAF-R and the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). Values at this level are agreed to be a substantial result. Recommendations for future analyses include validation studies at longer term follow-up and with a wider range of neurologic disabilities, an increased sample size to increase statistical power, and further testing to establish NIAF-R as a clinical tool.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: functional outcome measurement,neurologic rehabilitation,newcastle independence assessment form,research
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 May 2016 15:02
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 01:10
DOI: 10.1177/154596839601000405

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