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Rivermeade Mobility Index (RMI)
Available in the public domain: Rivermead Mobility Index.
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.

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
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.

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).

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.


Document last updated March 2018