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Functional Assessment Measure

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FAM; FIM + FAM; UK FAM

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The Functional Assessment Measure (FAM) was developed as an adjunct to FIM™ (aka the Functional Independence Measure) to address functional areas of importance in brain injury rehabilitation that are less emphasized in FIM™, including communication, psychosocial adjustment, and cognition. The FAM consists of 12 items that are intended to be added to the 18 items of FIM™, creating a 30-item scale referred to as the FIM + FAM. The time required to administer the FIM + FAM is approximately 35 min. The 7-point rating scale is modeled after FIM™ and assesses the individual’s level of independence, amount of assistance required, use of adaptive or assistive devices, and the percentage of a given task completed successfully.

The FAM is a nonproprietary measure; however FIM™ is proprietary. The FAM can be completed in person, by phone, or by retrospective chart review. A decision tree is available for each item to aid in rating. Administration time...

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  • Center for Outcome Measurement in Brain Injury, http://www.tbims.org/combi/FAM

  • Hall, K. M. (1997). The functional assessment measure (FAM). Journal of Rehabilitation Outcomes Measurement, 1, 63–65.

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  • Hall, K. M., Mann, N., High, W. M. Jr., Wright, J., Kreutzer, J. S., & Wood, D. (1996). Functional measures after traumatic brain injury: Ceiling effects of FIM, FIM+FAM, DRS, and CIQ. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 11, 27–39.

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Wright, J. (2011). Functional Assessment Measure. In: Kreutzer, J.S., DeLuca, J., Caplan, B. (eds) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_1807

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