Spinal Cord Injury – Person-Perceived Participation in Daily Activities Questionnaire (SCI-PDAQ)

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Tool Description:

The PDAQ is a self-report questionnaire designed to assess how patients with SCI are able to participate in 26 different daily activities. Patients are asked to measure the extent to which they participated in those activities over the last 12 months.


Available for free here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4252128/

ICF Domain:

Participation; Subcategory: Major Life Areas

Number of Items:

26 items

Brief Instructions for Administration and Scoring:

Each question on the survey is ranked on a scale of 1 to 4:
1: “Yes – as much as I want.”
2: “Yes – but less than I want.”
3: “No – but I would like to do it.”
4: “No – and I don’t want to do it.”


MCID: not established for SCI
SEM: not established for SCI
MDC: not established for SCI



Measurement Property Summary:

# of studies reporting psychometric properties: 1


  • Inter- and intra-rater reliability of the PDAQ is  High for AC1 values (r=0.75)

[Noreau et al. 2013]


  • There is Low correlation with the Average Correlation with items on the Impact on Autonomy and Participation Questionnaire (r=0.36)

[Noreau et al. 2013]


Not established in SCI.

Floor/ceiling effect:

Not established in SCI.


Dr. Bill Miller, Matthew Queree, Gurmann Gill, Risa Fox

Date Last Updated:

August 3, 2020

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 Noreau L, Cobb J, Bélanger LM, Dvorak MF, Leblond J, Noonan VK. Development and assessment of a community follow-up questionnaire for the Rick Hansen spinal cord injury registry. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013;94(9):1753-65. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003999313002384?via%3Dihub

Noreau L, Noonan VK, Cobb J, Leblond J, Dumont FS. Spinal cord injury community survey: a national, comprehensive study to portray the lives of Canadians with spinal cord injury. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2014;20(4):249-64. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4252126/

Cobb J, Dumont FS, Leblond J, Park SE, Noonan VK, Noreau L. An Exploratory Analysis of the Potential Association Between SCI Secondary Health Conditions and Daily Activities. Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2014;20(4):277-88. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4252128/

Cobb JE, Leblond J, Dumont FS, Noreau L. Perceived influence of intrinsic/extrinsic factors on participation in life activities after spinal cord injury. Disabil Health J. 2018;11(4):583-590. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1936657418300463?via%3Dihub