Assessing walking limitations in stroke survivors: are self-reports and proxy-reports interchangeable?

Rachael Powell, Marie Johnston, Derek W. Johnston

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Objective: To examine the extent to which proxy-report measures adequately assess walking limitations and are interchangeable with self-report measures in stroke survivors. Design and Participants: Self-report, proxy-report, and observed performance measures of walking limitations were compared cross-sectionally on 3 occasions following the discharge from hospital of 101 stroke survivors. Correlations between measures, differences between mean scores, and agreement of self- and proxy reports were analyzed. Results and Conclusions: Self- and proxy-report measures correlated significantly with each other and with observed performance measures; differences between mean scores were not found. Agreement between individual self- and proxy-report pairs was poor, however, indicating that freely substituting proxy-report data for self-report data when self-report data are unavailable is inappropriate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-183
Number of pages7
JournalRehabilitation psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2007


  • activity limitations
  • measurement
  • proxy-report
  • self-report
  • walking limitations


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