Research Article  |   December 2015
Validity of the Functional Loewenstein Occupational Therapy Cognitive Assessment (FLOTCA)
Author Affiliations
  • Yifat Schwartz, MSc, OT, is Director Occupational Therapy Department, Lowenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, Raanana, Israel
  • Sara Averbuch, MSc, OT, is Director Emeritus, Occupational Therapy Department, Lowenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, Raanana, Israel
  • Aliza Sagiv, MSc, OT, is Deputy Director, Occupational Therapy Department, Lowenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, Raanana, Israel
  • Noomi Katz, PhD, OTR, is Director, Research Institute for Health and Medical Professions, Ono Academic College, Kiryat Ono, Israel; noomi.katz@ono.ac.il
Article Information
Assessment Development and Testing / Neurologic Conditions / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Traumatic Brain Injury / Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation
Research Article   |   December 2015
Validity of the Functional Loewenstein Occupational Therapy Cognitive Assessment (FLOTCA)
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2015, Vol. 70, 7001290010p1-7001290010p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.016451
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2015, Vol. 70, 7001290010p1-7001290010p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.016451
Abstract

The Functional Loewenstein Occupational Therapy Cognitive Assessment (FLOTCA) was developed to assess integrative higher cognitive abilities in people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The FLOTCA measures performance on three tasks: navigating on a map, organizing a toolbox, and planning a daily schedule. This study assessed the psychometric properties of the FLOTCA with a sample of 25 participants with TBI ages 18–49 and 25 matched healthy participants. The FLOTCA showed high interrater reliability (intraclass correlation = .996) and internal consistency reliability for the total score (α = .82). Construct validity was supported for the total score, t (48) = −5.48, d = 1.52, and the separate tasks. Moderate ecological validity was obtained with the combined FIM™ and Functional Assessment Measure, r (19) = .44, p < .05. The results indicate that the FLOTCA can be used to assess higher cognitive abilities in functioning and can serve as the basis for intervention planning.