Functional Independence Measure score code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Value Domain
METeOR identifier:449147
Registration status:Health, Standard 11/04/2014
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 22/12/2016
Definition:A code set that represents an individual's need for assistance with eighteen activities of daily living.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Format:N
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
ValueMeaning
1Total assistance with helper
2Maximal assistance with helper
3Moderate assistance with helper
4Minimal assistance with helper
5Supervision or setup with helper
6Modified independence with no helper
7Complete independence with no helper

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

The Functional Independence Measure (FIM™) is an instrument which indicates a patient's disability level.

FIM™ is comprised of 18 items, grouped into 2 subscales - motor and cognition.

The motor subscale includes:

  • Eating
  • Grooming
  • Bathing
  • Dressing, upper body
  • Dressing, lower body
  • Toileting
  • Bladder management
  • Bowel management
  • Transfers - bed/chair/wheelchair
  • Transfers - toilet
  • Transfers - bath/shower
  • Walk/wheelchair
  • Stairs

The cognition subscale includes:

  • Comprehension
  • Expression
  • Social interaction
  • Problem solving
  • Memory

Each item is scored on a 7 point ordinal scale, ranging from a score of 1 to a score of 7. The higher the score, the more independent the patient is in performing the task associated with that item. The total FIM™ score ranges from 18 to 126.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Relational attributes

Data elements implementing this value domain:

Person—level of functional independence, Functional Independence Measure score code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Tasmanian Health, Archived 19/01/2018

Person—level of functional independence, Functional Independence Measure score code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 19/01/2018