• 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.

ICF Domain

Participation ▶ Major Life Areas


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.”

Number of Items






Training Required

No advanced training required.


Can be found here.

# of studies reporting psychometric properties: 1


MCID: not established in SCI
SEM: not established in SCI
MDC: not established in SCI


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

No values were reported for the presence of floor/ceiling effects in the PDAQ for the SCI population.


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

Date Last Updated

3 August 2020

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