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THE INVENTORY OF FUNCTIONAL STATUS—ANTEPARTUM PERIOD

Development and Testing

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  • Lorraine Tulman DNSc, FAAN,

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    • Lorraine Tulman, DNSc, FAAN, is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Kathleen Higgins MSN, RN, CNM,

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    • Kathleen Higgins, MSN, RN, CNM, is a doctoral candidate and research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Jacqueline Fawcett PhD, FAAN,

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    • Jacqueline Fawcett, PhD, FAAN, is a professor and the Chairperson of the Science and Role Development Division at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Carol Nunno MSN, RN,

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    • Carol Nunno, MSN, RN, is the Perinatal Nurse and Education Coordinator at Safekeeping Diagnostics, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Carol Vansickel RN, CCE,

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    • Carol Vansickel, RN, CCE (ASPO), is a childbirth educator at Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy, NJ Division and a head nurse at Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital, Marlboro, NJ.

  • Mary Beth Haas MSN, RN,

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    • Mary Beth Haas, MSN, RN, is the nurse educator at a private OB/GYN office practice in Philadelphia, PA.

  • Mellen Mailey Speca BSN, CES

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    • Mellen Mailey Speca, BSN, CES, is a head nurse in OBIGYN and coordinator for childbirth education at a private OBIGYN office practice in Bala Cynwyd, PA.


Lorraine Tulman, DNSc, FAAN, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Philadelphia. PA 19104-6096

ABSTRACT

The Inventory of Functional Status–Antepartum Period (IFSAP) includes six subscales measuring the extent to which a pregnant woman continues her usual household, social and community, childcare, personal care, occupational, and educational activities. Content validity was established at 94.4%. Reliability testing used a sample of 192 pregnant women. Internal consistency reliability using average correlations for the subscale item to subscale total scores ranged from .57 to .87. Subscale to total IFSAP score correlations ranged from .53 to .90. Test–retest reliability used a subsample of 21 pregnant women. The coefficients ranged from .27 to .93. Initial construct validity testing was accomplished by examination of subscale correlations, by comparing IFSAP scores for pregnant women who had no children with those who had children, and by comparing women who had complications and/or restrictions with women who experienced no complications or restrictions. The IFSAP may be used in research and clinical practice to assess functional status during pregnancy.

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