does anyone use the FFI or a cut down version as outcome measure in their CLINICAL practice.
If so what is patient response rate and reaction to request for potentialy time consuming feedback?
I am developing a database for clinical use which might include self reported email follow up as a way of "fine tuning" over long term clinical decision making, so it would be useful to hear from anyone elase who may have considered this.
I am unable to access following paper throught my university subscription, could anyone help me out if they have a .pdf copy
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1: J Clin Epidemiol.
The Foot Function Index: a measure of foot pain and disability.
, Conrad KJ
, Roach KE
General Medical Section, Ambulatory Care Service, VA Hines Hospital, IL 60141.
A Foot Function Index (FFI) was developed to measure the impact of foot pathology on function in terms of pain, disability and activity restriction. The FFI is a self-administered index consisting of 23 items divided into 3 sub-scales. Both total and sub-scale scores are produced. The FFI was examined for test-retest reliability, internal consistency, and construct and criterion validity. A total of 87 patients with rheumatoid arthritis were used in the study. Test-retest reliability of the FFI total and sub-scale scores ranged from 0.87 to 0.69. Internal consistency ranged from 0.96 to 0.73. With the exception of two items, factor analysis supported the construct validity of the total index and the sub-scales. Strong correlation between the FFI total and sub-scale scores and clinical measures of foot pathology supported the criterion validity of the index. The FFI should prove useful for both clinical and research purposes.