What is it about?
The Basic Amputee Mobility Score (BAMS) is an easily applicable outcome measure for daily monitoring of progress in 4 basic mobility activities; 1) supine in bed to sitting on the edge of the bed and back; 2) bed to wheelchair transfer; 3) indoor wheelchair mobility; and 4) get up from a wheelchair to standing on the non-amputated leg. Each activity is scored from 0 to 2 (0 = not able to; 1 = able to with assistance/guiding; and 2 = independent), and cumulated to a 1-day BAMS score of 0–8.
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Why is it important?
The BAMS can be used for all amputee patients from the very first day of amputation and with independence as a primary first rehabilitation goal. At the same time i provides a focus for therapists and other health professionals where to target their training and it can be used for communication between health professionals in different settings.
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This page is a summary of: Development and psychometric properties of the Basic Amputee Mobility Score for use in patients with a major lower extremity amputation, Geriatrics and Gerontology International, August 2017, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/ggi.13156.
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