The PEDI-CAT assesses function in 4 domains:
- Daily Activities– 68 items in four content areas including Getting Dressed, Keeping Clean, Home Tasks, and Eating & Mealtime.
2. Mobility – 75 items in four content areas including Basic Movement & Transfers, Standing & Walking, Steps & Inclines, and Running & Playing. There are an additional 10 items specifically for children who use mobility devices such as walking aids (canes, crutches, walkers) and a Wheelchair subdomain with 12 items.
3. Social/Cognitive– 60 items in four content areas of Interaction, Communication, Everyday Cognition, and Self Management.
4. Responsibility – 51 items that assess the extent to which a young person is managing life tasks that enable independent living in four content areas of Organization & Planning, Taking Care of Daily Needs, Health Management, and Staying Safe. The items in the Responsibility Scale require children to use several functional skills in combination to carry out life tasks. For this reason, this is a more difficult domain and is estimated to assess children and youth beginning at the age of 3 years and extending up to the age of 21 years.
For the three Functional Skill domains of Daily Activities, Mobility and Social/Cognitive, children’s ability is rated on a 4 point Difficulty Scale with responses ranging from ‘Unable’ to ‘Easy’.
The Responsibility domain has its own 5 point Responsibility Scale with responses ranging from ‘Adult/caregiver has full responsibility; the child does not take any responsibility’ to ‘Child takes full responsibility without any direction, supervision or guidance from an adult/caregiver’.
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