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Research Article  |   August 1986
The Reliability of a Historical Interview With Physically Disabled Respondents
Author Affiliations
  • Gary Kielhofner, DrPH, OTR, FAOTA, is Associate Professor and Head, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Associated Health Professions, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1919 West Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612
  • Betty Harlan, MS, OTR, is an occupational therapist at the 2nd General Hospital (Landsruhl), Federal Republic of Germany; at the time of this study, Ms. Harlan was a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
  • David Bauer, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Patti Maurer, PhD, OTR, is Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   August 1986
The Reliability of a Historical Interview With Physically Disabled Respondents
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1986, Vol. 40, 551-556. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.8.551
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1986, Vol. 40, 551-556. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.8.551
Abstract

This study investigated the reliability of a historical interview with 20 respondents with physical disabilities, An existing interview, the Occupational Role History, was modified and a companion rating scale was developed. Analysis of the test-retest and interrater reliabilities suggest that a stable clinical judgment can be formed from data gathered in a historical interview.