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Rivermeade Mobility Index (RMI)
Availability
Available in the public domain: Rivermead Mobility Index.
Classification
Exploratory: Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysms and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH)
Short Description of Instrument
The RMI is used to assess functional mobility following a stroke. It is appropriate to use for a wide range of disabilities.
Comments
15-item scale: 14 self-report questions and one direct observation item. Questions increase in difficulty.
 
Time to administer: 3–5 minutes
 
Age range: 18 years and over
 
Administered by: paper and pencil
Scoring
There are 15 questions, and all but number 5 requires the patient to respond either yes (scored 1) or no (scored 0).
 
Question 15 requires the patient to stand for 10 seconds without any assistance. If they are able to perform this, they receive a score of 1.
 
Scores for the 15 items are summed.
Rationale/Justification
Recommended by Salter 2013. It is easy to administer and requires no special training or equipment. It can be performed in a variety of settings (Collen et al, 1991; Forlander and Bohannon 1999).
References
Collen FM, Wade DT, Robb GF, Bradshaw CM. The Rivermead Mobility Index: a further development of the Rivermead Motor Assessment. Int Disabil Stud. 1991;13(2):50–54.  
 
Forlander DA, Bohannon RW. Rivermead Mobility Index: a brief review of research to date. Clin Rehabil. 1999;13(2):97–100.  
 
Hsieh CL, Hsueh IP, Mao HF. Validity and responsiveness of the rivermead mobility index in stroke patients. Scand J Rehabil Med. 2000;32(3):140–142.
 
Roorda LD, Green J, De Kluis KR, Molenaar IW, Bagley P, Smith J, Geurts AC. Excellent cross-cultural validity, intra-test reliability and construct validity of the Dutch Rivermead Mobility Index in patients after stroke undergoing rehabilitation. J Rehabil Med. 2008;40(9):727–732.
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