Turkish adaptation of Spinal Cord Independence Measure - version III

KESIKTAS N., PAKER N., BUGDAYCI D., SENCAN S., Karan A., Muslumanoglu L.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION RESEARCH, vol.35, no.1, pp.88-91, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Various rating scales have been used to assess ability in individuals with spinal cord injury. There is no specific functional assessment scale for Turkish patients with spinal cord injury. The Spinal Cord Independence Measure (SCIM) is a specific test, which has become popular in the last decade. A study was conducted to validate and evaluate the Turkish adaptation of the SCIM III (T-SCIM III). The SCIM III was translated into Turkish. Reliability, (internal consistency, interrater reliability, and test-retest reliability), validity (with Functional Independence Measurement), and sensitivity (changes in 8-week exercise program) were studied. Internal consistency for total score was sufficient (Cronbach alpha=0.79). The interrater reliability was moderate to high (Cohen kappa between 0.72 and 1). Convergent validity was high (r = 0.89, P < 0.01). The T-SCIM III was found to be more sensitive than the Functional Independence Measurement to changes in function. Hence, we recommend the use of T-SCIM III in clinical practice as a reliable, valid, and easy-to-use tool. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research 35: 88-91 (C) 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health vertical bar Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.