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Spinal Cord Independence Measure: Comprehensive ability rating scale for the spinal cord lesion patient

Amiram Catz, MD, PhD; Malka Itzkovic, MA, OT

We describe the Spinal Cord Independence Measure (SCIM) and its scoring techniques, purpose, and advantages for measuring the ability of patients with spinal cord lesions (SCLs) to perform everyday tasks. SCIM can be used in patients with SCLs for ability assessment, as a compact guide for determining certain treatment goals, and for outcome assessment following interventions designed to promote recovery. An international multicenter study supported the validity and reliability of the SCIM despite intercultural differences and demonstrated its superior sensitivity to changes in patient function.


Volume 44 Number 1 2007
Pages 65 — 68


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