Short Tilte:Hierarchical linear modeling of FIM instrument growth curve characteristics after spinal cord injury
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):01, 82, 3, 329-334
Study examining the recovery of functional independence following spinal cord injury (SCI) as a continuous process using growth curve analysis. A retrospective database review of functional outcome assessment data was conducted for a cohort of 142 individuals admitted to a rehabilitation unit during 1986-1994. Results show that functional recovery can be modeled as a decelerating rather than simple linear function. Predictors of functional independence recovery characteristics, such as rate of recovery and plateau, included age, sex, and education.