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Spinal Cord Injury Functional Ambulation Inventory (SCI-FAI)
Availability
The Spinal Cord Injury Functional Ambulation Inventory is available in the paper by Field-Fote et al., 2001.
Classification
Supplemental: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Pediatric SCI (ages 18 and over)
Exploratory: Pediatric SCI (ages 2 - 18)
Short Description of Instrument
Construct measured: Gait, Ambulatory Mobility
Generic vs. disease specific: Disease specific
Intended respondent:  Participant
# of items: 32
# of subscales and names of sub-scales: 3 gait, assistive devices, and temporal distance
Comments/Special Instructions
Scoring:
Gait: Maximum score = 20 pts.
Assistive Devices: Maximum score = 14 pts.
Temporal Distance: Maximum score = 5 pts.
 
Background: The SCI-FAI assesses walking ability in individuals with SCI. This measure consists of three subscales: gait, assistive devices, and temporal distance.
 
SCI-Pediatric-specific: This has only been evaluated in adults at this point. It does show excellent reliability and validity in adults with SCI. Items seem appropriate for children.
Rationale/Justification
This has been validated for higher-functioning persons with SCI.
References
Field-Fote EC, Fluet GG, Schafer SD, Schneider EM, Smith R, Downey PA, Ruhl CD. The Spinal Cord Injury Functional Ambulation Inventory (SCI-FAI). J Rehabil Med. 2001;33(4):177–181.
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