• Designed to measure the level of handicap in a community setting. Basically, CHART collects information on the degree to which the respondent fulfills the roles typically expected from people without disabilities.
  • The CHART assesses ability in 6 domains:
    A) Physical independence – the individual’s ability to sustain a customarily effective independent existence
    B) Cognitive independence – the individual’s ability to sustain a customary level of independence without need of assistance
    C) Mobility – the individual’s ability to move about effectively in his/her surroundings
    D) Occupation – the individual’s ability to occupy time in the manner customary to that person’s sex, age and culture.
    E) Social integration – the individual’s ability to participate in and maintain customary social relationships
    F) Economic self-sufficiency – the individual’s ability to sustain customary socio-economic activity and independence
  • A short form (CHART-SF) has been developed; it has the same domains as the CHART.

Clinical Considerations

  • The CHART is widely used, particularly in the U.S. National Spinal Cord Injury Database.  However, questions on cognitive independence might be seen as irrelevant in SCI population.
  • The economic self-sufficiency domain is based on US financial values and may not be applicable in other countries.

ICF Domain



  • Patient-reported.
  • The questions can be answered in a quantifiable, behavioral terms (e.g. hours of physical assistance, how much time is someone with you to assist you, how many relatives do you visit, etc.).
  • The scale takes up to 30 minutes for the CHART and up to 15 min for the CHART-SF.

Number of Items

32 (short form = 19 questions)




  • For each CHART dimension, a scoring procedure allows a score from 0 to 100 points, the latter being the maximum attainable corresponding to a role fulfillment equivalent to that of most individuals without disabilities.
  • For more detailed scoring instructions, refer to the CHART manual (see “Availability”).


English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Italian.

Training Required

No formal training required. However, reading the manual (https://craighospital.org/uploads/CraigHospital.CHARTManual.pdf) is recommended.


Can be found here.

# of studies reporting psychometric properties: 10


  • No normative data or cut-points have been established for the SCI population.
  • published data for the SCI population are available for comparison for both the CHART and CHART-SF (see the Interpretability section of the Research Summary).
  • Total scores can be a misleading assessment of handicap, thus the use of subscales is recommended.

MCID: not established for SCI
SEM: CHART SEM and MDC calculated from Tozato et al. 2005:

Domain SEM (calculated from data in this article) MDC (calculated from data in this article)
Physical independence 8.2 22.8
Mobility 5.2 14.4
Occupation 14.8 41.1
Social integration 11.6 32.1
Economy 0 0
CHART-J total score 40.7 112.9

MDC: CHART MDC = 53.3 between Time 1 (6 weeks post-discharge from inpatient rehabilitation) and Time 2 (1 year post-discharge)

(De Wolf et al. 2010)


  • Test re-test reliability is High (r = 0.93) for the total score and ranges from Moderate to High for the domains (low: r = 0.53 for Physical Independence – high: r = 1.00 for Economic Self-sufficiency).
  • Proxy values are High or Moderate for all domains except cognitive independence (ICC = 0.34, ‘poor’ rating).

(Cusick 2001, Whiteneck 1992, Tozato 2005)


  • CHART domains and total score are able to differentiate groups based on:
    • Level of handicap
    • Gender
    • Age
    • Time since injury
  • Domains social integration and economic self-sufficiency did not differentiate groups based on injury factors.
  • Correlations between the CHART total score ranges from High for the SPRS (r=0.72) to Moderate for the CIM (r=0.47)
  • Associations with measures of subjective quality of life are Moderate to High .
  • Significant sensitivity to change was reported (P=.002) of 408.2±50.1 for Time 1, 431.6±57.4 for Time 2.

(Whiteneck 1992, Hall et al. 1998, De Wolf et al. 2010, Dijkers 1999, Masedo et al. 2005, Tozato 2005)


No values were reported for the responsiveness of the CHART for the SCI population.

Floor/Ceiling Effect

  • No floor effects reported for CHART total or for any of the CHART domains.
  • Ceiling effects were reported only for the Social integration and Cognitive Independence subscales.

(De Wolf et al. 2010)

For the CHART-SF:

No papers have been found reporting on the psychometric properties of the CHART-SF for the SCI population; one paper (Gontkovsky et al. 2009) provides mean CHART-SF domain scores for comparison (See Research Summary  sheet – Interpretability section)


Dr. Ben Mortenson, Jeremy Mak, John Zhu

Date Last Updated

August 22, 2020

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