Validation and reliability of the Modified Elderly Mobility Scale

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Title Validation and reliability of the Modified Elderly Mobility Scale
Author Kuys, Suzanne Shanelle; Brauer, Sandra G
Journal Name Australasian Journal on Ageing
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Abstract Objective: To establish concurrent validity, interrater and test–retest reliability of the Modified Elderly Mobility Scale (MEMS). Methods: Ninety elderly patients were scored on the MEMS. To establish concurrent validity, 75 patients MEMS scores were compared to Functional Independence Measure (FIM) scores using Spearman's correlation. Videotaped patient performances were used to establish interrater and test–retest reliability using percentage absolute agreement and intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs). Results: The total MEMS score demonstrated a significant association with the motor (r = 0.725) and total FIM scores (r = 0.718). Absolute agreement for interrater reliability was greater than 93% for all test items, with 97 and 98% for the two new measures, respectively. Test–retest reliability demonstrated similar high levels of absolute agreement and had ICCs ranging from 0.870 to 1.0. Conclusions: The MEMS is a quick, valid and reliable test of motor function of elderly patients with a spread of functional levels.
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Volume 25
Issue Number 3
Page from 140
Page to 144
ISSN 1440-6381
Date Accessioned 2006-07-26
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Therapies and Therapeutic Technology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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