- Comprised of 3 of the 10 domains originally included in the QIF.
- Includes the categories of grooming, bathing and feeding.
- This version of the QIF includes the categories that relate directly to the upper extremity motor score assessment of ASIA.
Activity – subcategory: Self-Care.
Number of Items:
Brief Instructions for Administration & Scoring
- clinician-administered; interview format
- administration time is approximately 10 minutes
- The functional performance categories are scored 0-4 in order of increasing independence.
- Each category of functional performance is calculated according to weighted scores
MCID: not established for the SCI population
SEM: not established for the SCI population
MDC: not established for the SCI population
- Scores are provided to give credit for being able to complete a portion of the task rather than the entire task.
- The scores represent functional performance in activities rather than performance in component parts.
No formal training required.
Can be found in the following article:
Marino 1993. Assessing selfcare status in quadriplegia: comparison of the quadriplegia index of function (QIF) and the functional independence measure (FIM). Paraplegia, 1993; 31:225-233.
- Designed specifically for SCI population.
- ASIA motor scores are strongly correlated to performance improvement on QIF scores
- It is not a comprehensive measure of upper extremity function or predictor of independence in ADLs upon discharge.
- The QIF reflects small gains in function
Measurement Property Summary
# of studies reporting psychometric properties: 1
- Inter-correlations of items within the same category for each domain:
o Grooming: r=0.65-0.70
o Bathing: r=0.67-0.93
o Feeding: r=0.44-0.88
Marino et al. 1993
- Correlation of the modified QIF and its subscales with the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) subscales and the Upper Extremity Motor Score (UEMS) subscales measuring the constructs were High
o QIF-modified and FIM: r=0.93
Subscale – Grooming: r=0.94
§ Subscale – Bathing: r=0.92
§ Subscale – Feeding: r=0.75
o QIF-modified and UEMS: r=0.91
§ Subscale – Grooming: r=0.90
§ Subscale – Bathing: r=0.84
§ Subscale – Feeding: r=0.90
- Feeding ability was assessed by the QIF significantly better than by the FIM (P<.01)
Marino et al. 1993
No data on responsiveness was available for the QIF-modified.
Dr. William Miller, Christie Chan, Gita Manhas
Date Last Updated:
July 22, 2020
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Can be found in the following article:Marino 1993. Assessing selfcare status in quadriplegia: comparison of the quadriplegia index of function (QIF) and the functional independence measure (FIM). Paraplegia, 1993; 31:225-233. http://www.nature.com/sc/journal/v31/n4/pdf/sc199341a.pdf
Marino RJ, Huang M, Knight P, Herbison GJ, Ditunno JF Jr, Segal M. Assessing selfcare status in quadriplegia: comparison of the quadriplegia index of function (QIF) and the functional independence measure (FIM). Paraplegia, 1993; 31:225-233.