Developing a Short Form of the Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale (PIADS)

Jeffrey Jutai, PhD, Hy Day, PhD, Sherry Coulson, MA, Louise Demers, PhD, Marcus J. Fuhrer, PhD, James Lenker, PhD, and Frank DeRuyter, PhD


The objective of this research is to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a Short Form of the Psychosocial Impact of Assistive Devices Scale (PIADS) with satisfactory psychometric properties.  This report describes the results from analyses of data from adult rehabilitation patients who participated in two recently completed, longitudinal investigations of assistive device users in Canada and the US.   The authors reduced the number of scale items from 26 to 10.  The scoring system was simplified.  The psychometric properties of the new scale (PIADS-10) were compared with those of the original PIADS.  The PIADS-10 demonstrated good reliability, validity, and responsiveness.  The results provide strong evidence that a 10-item PIADS can have sound psychometric properties for use with rehabilitation patients.  It would be simpler and faster to administer and would therefore be useful for researchers and service providers. 


assistive technology, mobility device, outcomes, PIADS


The authors gratefully acknowledge the support for this work by the Canadian Stroke Network and Grant H133A060062 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Author Contact Information:

Jeffrey W. Jutai, PhD, CPsych
Aging, Rehabilitation & Geriatric Care Research Centre
The Lawson Health Research Institute
Parkwood Hospital, Room B-3002a
801 Commissioners Road East
London, ON, Canada  N6C 5J1
Phone: (519) 685-4292 x42626


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