Samantha DeMarsh
Analysis of Functional Independence Measure (FIM) Scoring at Euclid Hospital

SchoolWestlake High School


ProgramScience


MentorDoug Newlon, PT


DepartmentRehabilitation Therapy at Euclid Hospital


Research
Analysis of Functional Independence Measure (FIM) Scoring at Euclid Hospital
Hypothesis
The NeuroDay Program uses group and individual therapy of different disciplines to treat outpatients who have a variety of neurological deficiencies such as stroke or multiple sclerosis. These patients attend either twice a week (Tuesday-Thursday) or three times a week (Monday-Wednesday-Friday.) We hypothesize that the Monday-Wednesday-Friday patients will be more successful.
Methodology
The study was a retrospective chart review at the Euclid Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. Fifty charts were pulled, 25 from Group 1 (three days a week) and 25 from Group 2 (two days a week). With the help of the therapist, the charts were converted into FIM scores, then admission, discharge and change in FIM scores were calculated. The average for the data in each of these categories for both groups was determined.
Outcomes
Group 1 had higher scores in all three FIM categories of admission, discharge and change in FIM. We conclude that a third day of therapy is necessary and even advantageous. Since the length of stay for both groups is the same, Group One has a better length of stay efficiency than Group Two.

Interpretations

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