Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):11, 92, 4, 552-563
Study compared 2 scoring algorithms for a measure of participation, the Participation Assessment with Recombined Tools-Objective (PART-O), one based on the assumption that more participation is better versus an alternative that reflects balance in domains of participation. Three groups of participants under the age of 65 years were included in the analyses: (1) 220 people with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other disorders who are commonly treated in acute rehabilitation settings, and (2) 366 participants from the general population who did and (3) 284 who did not self-report limitations indicative of a disability for the 2006 Colorado Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. PART-O subscores were developed using a consensus process and then evaluated empirically. Subscores were combined using 2 contrasting algorithms, one using average scores and the other reflecting the amount of participation and variation in participation across 3 domains. The algorithms for the total scores yielded normal distributions in all 3 samples and were equally sensitive to the impact of disability. While strongly correlated, about 30 percent of the variance of the 2 total scores was not shared. Two scoring algorithms for the PART-O illustrate contrasting perspectives of the construct of participation.