Development of a Computerized Adaptive Testing System for Assessing 5 Functions in Patients with Stroke: A Simulation and Validation Study

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      The authors aimed to develop and validate the Computerized Adaptive Testing System for Assessing 5 Functions in Patients with Stroke (CAT-5F) based on the Barthel Index (BI), Postural Assessment Scale for Stroke patients (PASS), and Stroke Rehabilitation Assessment of Movement (STREAM) to improve the efficiency of assessment. The purposes of the CAT-5F assessment are to describe patients’ levels of impairments or disabilities in the 5 functions and to serve as an outcome measure in patients with stroke.


      This is a data-mining study based on data from a previous study using simulation analysis to develop and validate the CAT-5F.


      One rehabilitation unit in a medical center in Taiwan served as the setting for this study.


      Data were retrieved from totals of 540 (initial assessment) and 309 (discharge assessment) participants with stroke assessed in a previous study. The assessment data (N=540) were from the BI, PASS, and STREAM.


      Not applicable.

      Main Outcome Measures

      The outcome measures for this study were from BI, PASS, and STREAM.


      The CAT-5F using the optimal stopping rule (limited reliability increased <0.010) had good Rasch reliability across the 5 functions (0.86-0.96) and needed 12.7 items, on average, for the whole administration. The concurrent validity (Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient, r=0.91-0.96) and responsiveness (standardized response mean=0.33-0.91) of the CAT-5F were sufficient in the patients.


      The CAT-5F has sufficient administrative efficiency, reliability, concurrent validity, and responsiveness to simultaneously assess basic activities of daily living, postural control, upper extremity/lower extremity motor functions, and mobility in patients with stroke.


      List of abbreviations:

      ADL (activities of daily living), BADL (basic activities of daily living), BI (Barthel Index), CAT (computerized adaptive testing), CAT-5F (Computerized Adaptive Testing System for Assessing 5 Functions in Patients with Stroke), FIM-M (Functional Independence Measure-motor scale), LE (lower-extremity), PASS (Postural Assessment Scale for Stroke patients), SRM (standardized response mean), STREAM (Stroke Rehabilitation Assessment of Movement), UE (upper-extremity)
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