The FIM™ instrument has been widely embraced within the field of medical rehabilitation as a measure of functional
status and disability and as a measure reflecting the minutes of care necessary to support a person with disability
in activities of daily living. Widespread endorsement of the FIM™ instrument within the field of medical rehabilitation
has provided a consistent, broad use of uniform terminology to communicate about a patient's level of disability.
In addition to providing the basis for a method of communication among rehabilitation professionals, the FIM™ instrument
has been incorporated into the nation's largest repository of data on rehabilitation outcomes: the Uniform Data System for
Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR).
UDSMR has used the FIM™ instrument as the basis of facility-specific rehabilitation outcomes reports containing national and
regional comparison standards. More than 900 comprehensive medical rehabilitation facilities/units and more than 100
subacute rehabilitation units in the U.S. subscribe to UDSMR for outcomes reporting. The FIM™ instrument has also been
implemented as the national Prospective Payment System for inpatient medical rehabilitation.
UDSMR, a division of UB Foundation Activities, Inc., is the developer and sole owner of the copyrighted assessment tool
known as the FIM™ instrument. As the owner, UDSMR grants permission to use the FIM™ instrument only through a variety
of licensing arrangements. The intended use of the instrument dictates the level of licensure and the associated rights
As part of our services, we offer the following options for use of the FIM™ instrument. Please contact us for the associated fees.
- a limited research license agreement for the purposes of conducting research at the undergraduate or graduate level is available.
- A limited research license agreement for the purposes of conducting large-scale research activities and collaborative research projects
involving multiple centers is also available.
If you would like to discuss this option in detail, please contact the Clinical Trial/Research Dept at 716-817-7809.
- Facility Subscriptions
Annual licensure allows access to the FIM™ instrument; its data collection software application, the FIMware® software; training and credentialing; and U.S. benchmarks.
If you would like to discuss this option in detail, please contact Client Services at 716-817-7873.