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Summary

What it measures:

Provides a uniform system of measurement for disability based on the International Classification of Impairment, Disabilities and Handicaps; measures the level of a patient's disability and indicates how much assistance is required for the individual to carry out activities of daily living.

Target Population:

People with:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Geriatrics 
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Orthopedic conditions including low back pain 
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Stroke

Recommendations from the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association's StrokEDGE Taskforce, MS EDGE Taskforce, SCI EDGE Taskforce, and the TBI EDGE Taskforce. These recommendations were developed by a panel of research and clinical experts using a modified Delphi process.

For detailed information about how recommendations were made, please visit:  http://www.neuropt.org/go/healthcare-professionals/neurology-section-outcome-measures-recommendations

 

Abbreviations:

HR

Highly recommend

R

Recommend

LS / UR

Reasonable to use, but limited study in target group  / Unable to recommend

NR

Not recommended

 

Recommendations for use based on acuity level of the patient:

 

Acute

(CVA <2 mo post)

(SCI <1 mo post)

Subacute

(CVA 2-6 mo)

(SCI 3-6 mo)

Chronic

(>6 mo)

StrokEDGE

HR

UR

UR

SCI EDGE

R

R

R

 

Recommendations based on level of care in which the assessment is taken:

 

Acute Care

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Skilled Nursing Facility

Outpatient

Rehabilitation

Home Health

StrokEDGE

UR

HR

UR

UR

UR

MS EDGE

NR

R

R

NR

NR

TBI EDGE

LS

R

LS

LS

LS

 

Recommendations based on SCI AIS Classification:

 

AIS A/B

AIS C/D

SCI EDGE

R

R

 

Recommendations for use based on ambulatory status after brain injury:

 

Completely Independent

Mildly dependent

Moderately Dependent

Severely Dependent

TBI EDGE

LS

R

R

R

 

Recommendations based on EDSS Classification:

 

EDSS 0.0-3.5

EDSS 4.0-5.5

EDSS 6.0-7.5

EDSS 8.0-9.5

MS EDGE

R

R

R

R

 

Recommendations for entry-level physical therapy education and use in research:

 

Students should learn to administer this tool? (Y/N)

Students should be exposed to tool? (Y/N)

Is this tool appropriate for use in intervention research studies? (Y/N)

StrokEDGE

No

Yes

Yes

SCI EDGE

Yes

Yes

Yes

MS EDGE

Yes

Yes

Yes

TBI EDGE

Yes

Yes

Yes


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