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Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):

, 103, 4, 816–821


Objective: To evaluate the reliability, standard error of measurement, minimum detectable change, and item-level consistency of the Transfer Assessment Instrument (TAI) version 4.0 when used to evaluate transfer quality remotely.

Design: Participants transferred from their wheelchair to a mat table (transfer 1), repeated this after a 10-minute delay to assess intrarater reliability (transfer 2), and repeated this 1-2 days later to assess test-retest reliability (transfer 3). Each transfer was scored in person by 4 raters and asynchronously by a remote clinician rater.

Setting: 2017 National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

Participants: Convenience sample of 44 full-time wheelchair users (N=44).

Interventions: Not applicable.

Main outcome measures: TAI total score, subscores (wheelchair setup, body setup, flight/landing), and item scores (15 items).

Results: Moderate to excellent reliability was found when scoring remotely for TAI total and subscores for intrarater (intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC(3,1)=0.687-0.854), test-retest (ICC(3,1)=0.695-0.836), and interrater reliability (ICC(3,5)=0.746-0.962). Remote rater total score and flight/landing subscore were greater (indicating higher transfer quality) compared to the average in-person raters (P=.021 and P=.005, respectively). There were no differences between transfers 1-3 in remote rater scores. Item-level percentage agreement between the remote rater and in-person exceeded the 75% cutoff for clinical utility for all items.

Conclusions: The TAI is a reliable outcome measure for assessing transfer technique remotely.

Keywords: Movement; Patient outcome assessment; Rehabilitation; Reproducibility of results; Wheelchairs.


Lynn A Worobey, Rachel Hibbs, Stephanie K Rigot, Michael L Boninger, Randall Huzinec, Jong H Sung, Laura A Rice