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Craig Handicap and Assessment Reporting Technique (CHART-SF) - Paper version
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Supplemental: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Supplemental: Acute Hospitalized, Epidemiology and Concussion/Mild TBI
Basic: Moderate/Severe TBI Rehabilitation
The outcome measure has good psychometric properties and good clinical utility.
Short Description of Instrument
CHART: Based on the now outdated World Health Organization ICIDH framework, the Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique (CHART) was originally based on 5 domains, but was then revised to include Cognitive Independence for a total of 6 domains with 32 total items.
The Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique (CHART) is designed to assess how people with disabilities function as active members of their communities.
CHART-SF: Short form consisting of 19 items that generate scores for the same 6 subscales of the full revised version. The CHART-SF takes less time to administer and all CHART-SF subscales closely approximate scores from CHART long form except Economic Self Sufficiency.
Multidimensional analysis using data gathered from previous study entered into stepwise regression model reducing long form questions to short form reaching >90% of explained variance in all subscales except economic self-sufficiency. (Whiteneck and Brooks 1992)
Time to Administer: Approximately 15 minutes to administer, varies with form used
Scores on each subscale range from 0-100 with total CHART score ranging from 0-600. Higher scores indicate a lesser degree of handicap or greater degree of social and community participation.
  • Physical independence
  • Cognitive independence
  • Mobility
  • Occupation
  • Social integration
  • Economic self-sufficiency
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Whiteneck G, Brooks C, Charlifue S, Gerhart K, editors. Guide for the Use of CHART: Craig Handicap Assessment.
Document last updated March 2024