Development of a database of functional assessment measures related to work disability

Leonard N. Matheson, Victoria Kaskutas, Sherry McCowan, Heather Shaw, Cristina Webb

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The development of the Functional Assessment Measures Database is described. The database provides a method to organize and search for measures that are used to assess the functional abilities of people with medical impairments to determine work disability. The project identified 4,200 different measures that are used in the functional assessment of persons with disability across the life span, 812 of which are used to evaluate adults in terms of work disability. The database has 3,033 scales that are found in 633 measures. In the database, each measure is described and is linked to at least one functional assessment construct. The use of the database in the Social Security Administration Redesign Project is described. Other possible uses for the database are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-199
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Disability determination
  • Functional assessment
  • Measures
  • Scales
  • Tests


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