The competence of fieldwork students in administering the Barthel Index

Yi Jiun Yang, Lan Shiang Tsai, Yi Hsuan Wu, Yu Wei Hsieh, Ching Lin Hsieh, Tsu Hsin Howe

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Objectives: This study evaluated the competence of level-II occupational therapy students in assessing activities of daily living by examining student-therapist reliability using the Barthel Index (BI). Methods: A convenience sample consisted of 14 students, seven licensed occupational therapists, and a convenience sample of 30 patients receiving occupational therapy services. The intraclass correlation coefficient and the weighted kappa were used as indicators of the student-therapist agreement of the BI. Results: While satisfactory agreement was obtained between students and therapists in both total and individual item scores, students tended to score higher than therapists. Conclusion: Recommendations to improve students' rating performances in administering the BI are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-33
Number of pages6
JournalHong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008


  • Barthel Index
  • Clinical competence
  • Reliability
  • level II fieldwork
  • occupational therapy
  • occupational therapists
  • occupational therapy students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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