Community reintegration after spinal cord injury (SCI) is usually a rehabilitation
goal. Assessment of an individual's level of community reintegration involves understanding
multiple variables, including physical independence, cognitive independence, mobility,
occupation, social integration, and economic self-sufficiency.1 The Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique (CHART) is a patient-reported
measure that assesses how individuals with a disability participate as active members
of their communities. Each domain is assessed by the 32-item instrument, and has a
maximum score of 100 per domain. The total score on the CHART is a summation of each
domain score, with a maximum score of 600. Higher scores on the CHART indicate a greater
degree of social and community participation. The CHART is free, can be completed
in less than 10 minutes, and does not require training prior to administration. Psychometric
studies have indicated that the CHART demonstrates adequate to excellent reliability
and validity in SCI samples.
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