Functional Independence Measure score code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Value Domain
METeOR identifier:717979
Registration status:Health, Standard 18/12/2019

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
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
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
Supplementary values:
9Not stated/inadequately described

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.

CODE 9 Not stated/inadequately described
This code should be used in circumstances where the FIM score code has not been collected. This code is not to be used on FIM score data collection forms.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Functional Independence Measure score code N Health, Superseded 18/12/2019, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 22/12/2016

Data elements implementing this value domain:

Person—level of functional independence, Functional Independence Measure score code N Health, Standard 18/12/2019