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Translating measures across the continuum of care: Using Rasch analysis to create a crosswalk between the Functional Independence Measure and the Minimum Data Set

Craig A. Velozo, PhD, OTR/L, et al.

Figure. Map representing person measures

A challenge in following patients in our healthcare system is that different assessments are used in different settings. The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is used in rehabilitation settings, while the Minimum Data Set (MDS) is used in skilled nursing facilities. This study developed a crosswalk so that a score on the FIM could be translated to a score on the MDS and vice versa. With the improvement of our ability to follow patients across healthcare settings and compare scores across settings, crosswalks will increase the quality of care for veterans.


Volume 44 Number 3 2007
Pages 467 — 478


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