The aims of the study were to (1) build new item banks for a revised version of the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) with four content domains: Daily Activities, Mobility, Social/Cognitive, and Responsibility and 2) use post-hoc simulations based on the combined normative and disability calibration samples to assess the accuracy and precision of the PEDI computerized adaptive tests (PEDI-CAT) in comparison to the administration of all items.
Parents of typically developing children (n=2,205) and parents of children with disabilities (n=703) between ages 0 to 21 years, stratified by age and gender participated by responding to PEDI-CAT surveys through an existing Internet Opt-in Survey Panel in the USA and by computer tablets in clinical sites.
Confirmatory factor analyses supported four unidimensional content domains. Scores using the real data post-hoc demonstrated excellent accuracy (ICCs ≥0.95) with the full item banks. Simulations using item parameter estimates demonstrated relatively small bias in the 10- and 15-item CAT versions; error was generally higher at the scale extremes.
These results suggest the PEDI-CAT can be an accurate and precise assessment of children’s daily functioning at all functional levels.