AMPS Software Overview
The AMPS software is used to implement many-facet Rasch analyses that convert a person’s raw item scores for at least two ADL tasks into one overall, linear ADL motor and one overall, linear ADL process ability measure. These ADL ability measures are adjusted to account for the challenge of the tasks the person performed and the severity of the rater who scored the person’s ADL task performances. The use of many-facet Rasch analyses enable AMPS evaluations based on the person’s performance of different tasks and/or scoring done by different AMPS raters to be equated. The resulting ADL ability measures are quantitative representations of a person’s overall ability to perform ADL tasks, reflecting the level of clumsiness or physical effort, efficiency, safety, and independence the person demonstrated while performing ADL tasks. One ADL motor and one ADL process ability measure is generated by the AMPS software and those measures are based on an analysis of all ADL tasks the person performed. A minimum of two tasks is required to obtain ADL motor and ADL process ability measure that are valid and reliable.
The therapist can use the software to generate several reports that assist with analysis of a person’s ADL ability measures, documentation of the results of the AMPS observation, intervention planning, and interpreting the significance of a change in ADL ability upon re-evaluation.
The current version of the AMPS software is AMPS 9. Please visit Upgrade AMPS Software to learn more about this release of the software.
- The Results and Interpretation Report serve as a narrative documentation of an AMPS evaluation. It includes the person’s overall quality of ADL task performance (i.e., global baseline level of safety, clumsiness or physical effort, efficiency, and independence), ADL motor and ADL process ability measures, and a comparison of the person’s measures with the normative range of ADL ability measures of healthy, well people of the same age. The occupational therapist also has the option to include performance skills that most reflected the person’s quality of ADL task performance, and/or a statement predicting the person’s need for assistance to live in the community.
- The Graphic Report is a visual representation of the person’s ADL ability measures plotted on the AMPS motor and process scales in reference to criterion-based cutoff measures and the normative range for healthy, well people of the same age. ADL ability measures below the criterion cutoff indicate evidence of diminished quality of the person’s ADL task performance. ADL ability measures below the normative range indicate that the person’s observed quality of ADL task performance was below age expectations.
- The Progress Report is a Graphic Report that reports the results of two different AMPS evaluations (e.g., before intervention and after intervention) and whether the person’s ADL task performance improved, remained unchanged, or declined.
- The Performance Skill Summary is an evaluation report that summarizes the raw score results of the AMPS observation. There are two pages of a summary report, a Motor Skills Summary and a Process Skills Summary.