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Functional Scales and Tools for Rehabilitation

presented by Michelle Camicia, PhD, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FARN, FAHA, FAAN

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Financial: Michelle Camicia is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation


 Non-Financial: Michelle Camicia has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 49 Minutes


This course gives students an overview of functional scales and measurement tools used in rehabilitation settings. Specific scales and tools are presented. Participants will learn to distinguish which tools are used in a variety of settings. A brief review is given of the Functional Independence Measure (FIM), the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Tool, the Modified Rankin Scale (mRS), and the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) measure. This course is appropriate for nurses working in any setting, but mainly targets those in rehabilitation, long-term care, and home health care. This course could also be beneficial to therapists in those settings.

Meet Your Instructor

Michelle Camicia, PhD, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FARN, FAHA, FAAN

Michelle Camicia, PhD, MSN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA, FARN, FAAN, is the director of operations for Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center at the Vallejo Medical Center. She is responsible for day-to-day operations of the Center as well as outreach, quality, and regulatory oversight. Michelle is a past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. She has…

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1. Measuring Function

Rehabilitation providers who understand the various tools and scales to measure function can conduct more accurate assessments. Common tools used in the various post-acute care settings will be described. The importance of accurately measuring function in post-acute care delivery to detect improvement as a result of rehabilitation care will be discussed.

2. Common Functional Assessment Measures

Rehabilitation providers need to understand scales used to measure function in rehabilitation patients. Choosing the most appropriate tool is a learned skill. This chapter briefly reviews common functional assessment tools used with rehabilitation patients.

3. The Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Tool

Functional items from the CARE Tool are used in post-acute care delivery to measure quality. Scoring the CARE Tool items and their impact on rehabilitation outcomes and care delivery for rehabilitation patients will be discussed.

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