• Modified disability version of the 10 item Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE)
  • Captures information about leisure, household, and work related physical activity over the preceding 7 days
  • Developed targeting individuals with visual/auditory and locomotor/SCI disabilities
  • Solicits information about the frequency (number of days a week) and duration (daily hours) of current participation. The specific activity performed in each of these areas is also captured.
  • Assesses 5 distinct dimensions of physical activity: home repair, lawn and garden work, housework, vigorous sport and recreation, moderate sport and recreation, and occupation and transportation

Clinical Considerations

  • The PASIPD has the potential to provide in-depth information about the degree of activity in the form of Metabolic Equivalents (METS hr/day) and or descriptive information about various activities individuals are performing as well as the frequency and duration of this activity.
  • The items of the test were developed with disabled populations in mind.

ICF Domain

Activity ▶ Self-Care


  • Clinician-administered; performance-based measure.
  • Measures the time required to walk 10 meters.
  • Administration time is usually less than 5 minutes.
  • Performed using a “flying start”: the patient walks 14 meters and the time is measured for the intermediate 10 meters.
  • The individual walks at their preferred walking speed. Individuals can use an assistive device and must wear shoes.
  • Can be administered in a clinical setting or in the community.

Number of Items



Equipment that people use in their everyday physical activities


  • Survey administered by mail, telephone, or in-person.
  • Individuals respond to 2 ordinally ranked responses. Frequency responses range from 1 (never) to 4 (often) while duration responses range from 1 (less than 1) hour to 4 (greater than 4 hours).
  • Time for administration is approximately 15 minutes.


English and Dutch

Training Required

Does not require advanced training


Can be found here.

The file above contains the administration and scoring instructions, item details, and a ready-to-use worksheet for data collection.

# of studies reporting psychometric properties: 2


  • No cut-points or normative data have been established for the SCI population
  • Published data for the SCI population is available for comparison (see Interpretability section of Study Details sheet)

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


Internal consistency of factors obtained from principal component analysis and varimax orthogonal rotations was Low (Cronbach’s a=0.37-0.65)

(Washburn et al. 2002)


  • PASIPD constructs were assessed through factor analysis and differentiation between groups (age, physical activity level, and self-rated health status)
  • Low to High correlations (all significant) were found between survey items and total PASIPD score (Pearson’s r=0.20-0.67).
  • Low and non-significant correlations were found between activity monitor duration and PASIPD duration (Spearman’s r=0.31), and activity monitor duration and PASIPD intensity (Spearman’s r=0.28).
  • The PASIPD was found to differ significantly in scores between groups by age, physical activity level and self-rated health status.

(Washburn et al. 2002, Van Den Berg-Emons et al. 2011)


No values were reported for the responsiveness of the PASIPD for the SCI population

Floor/Ceiling Effect

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


Dr. William Miller, Matthew Querée

Date Last Updated

16 Mar 2017

Van den Berg-Emons RJ, L’Ortye AA, Buffart LM, Nieuwenhuijsen C, Nooijen CF, Bergen MP, Stam HJ, Bussmann JB. Validation of the Physical Activity Scale for Individuals with Physical Disabilities. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2011; 92:923-8.

van der Ploeg HP, Streppel KR, van der Beek AJ, van der Woude LH, Vollenbroek-Hutten M, van Mechelen W. The Physical Activity Scale for Individuals with Physical Disabilities: test-retest reliability and comparison with an accelerometer. J Phys Act Health, 2007;4(1):96-100.

Washburn RA, Smith KW, Jette AM, Janney CA. The Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE): development and evaluation. J Clin Epidemiol.1993 Feb;46:153-62.

Washburn RA, Zhu W, McAuley E, Frogley M, Figoni SF. The Physical Activity Scale for Individuals With Physical Disabilities: Development and Evaluation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2002; 83: 193-200.