Reliability of the Level of Sitting Scale for Remote Assessment via Videoconferencing: Pilot Study

David Jordan¹ B.Sc.OT, Jennifer Sawrenko¹ B.Sc.OT, Andrea Segsworth.² M.R.Sc., Kelley Richtscheid² M.R.Sc. and Susan J Forwell³ Ph.D.

¹Occupational Therapist, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC
² Master of Occupational Therapy Student, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
³ Division of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Key Words:

videoconference, remote assessment, level of sitting scale, rural health, seating, posture, assessment


Level of sitting scale score is compared across remote (via videoconference) and live conditions. This ordinal scale measures the amount of sitting support required to maintain an upright sitting posture. Validity and reliability of this scale is known in face-to-face but unknown in videoconference conditions. The observational nature of the scale was suitable for use as an assessment tool in conditions of typically available videoconferencing connectivity (384 Kbits/second). The results of this ongoing pilot study are too small to quantify, but trends observed  are expected to be further substantiated.


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