Abstract Information

O-144

Validity and Reliability of Physical Abilities and Mobility Scale (PAMS) in children with spinal cord related paralysis

Sadowsky C, Neuland E
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD, USA

Objective: To investigate PAMS’s validity and sensitivity to recovery of motor function in children with spinal cord related paralysis undergoing inpatient rehabilitation.
Design/Method: Admission and discharge PAMS item and total scores were evaluated in 170 consecutive children admitted to inpatient spinal cord related paralysis rehabilitation in a single center.
Results: Internal consistency and inter-rater reliability were high. Total PAMS score and each item score significantly increased between admission and discharge.
Conclusion: PAMS appears to be able to track small changes in the physical abilities of children with spinal cord related paralysis, which, in turn, may impact treatment and discharge planning.
Support: None


Objective assessment of functional outcomes in children with spinal cord related paralysis, especially those under the age of 2, is difficult. (Re)achieving motor skills is an essential part of the post paralysis (re)habilitation effort. The Physical Abilities and Mobility Scale (PAMS) was developed as a measure able to detect subtle changes in the physical skills and mobility of children undergoing inpatient rehabilitation and was meant to complement WeeFIM, also reflecting degree of caregiver burden in relationship to goals for an inpatient rehabilitation admission. The scale was previously validated in 107 participants, children with traumatic brain injury undergoing inpatient rehabilitation. We set up to validate the scale and evaluate its’ usefulness in a population of over 100 children with spinal cord related paralysis undergoing inpatient rehabilitation. PAMS appears to be able to track small changes in the physical abilities of children with spinal cord related paralysis, which, in turn, may impact treatment and discharge planning.


Content

You Must Be Logged In


This Reminders tab will display for your scheduled lectures 15 minutes before start time and for new messages waiting.
Top