The assessment of function: How is it measured? A clinical perspective.


Journal Article

Testing for outcome or performance can take many forms; including multiple iterations of self-reported measures of function (an assessment of the individual's perceived dysfunction) and/or clinical special tests (which are primarily assessments of impairments). Typically absent within these testing mechanisms is whether or not one can perform a specific task associated with function. The paper will operationally define function, discuss the construct of function within the disablement model, will overview the multi-dimensional nature of 'function' as a concept, will examine the current evidence for functional testing methods, and will propose a functional testing continuum. Limitations of functional performance testing will be discussed including recommendations for future research.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reiman, MP; Manske, RC

Published Date

  • May 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 91 - 99

PubMed ID

  • 22547919

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22547919

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2042-6186

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1179/106698111X12973307659546


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England