Rivermead Mobility Index (RMI)

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The Rivermead Mobility Index assesses functional mobility in gait, balance and transfers. It was developed in 1991 to be used after stroke or head injury. It also bu used in other conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, Lower limb amputation…

The RMI includes fifteen mobility items: 14 self-reported and 1 direct observation (standing unsupported).. The items are scored 0 if the patient is is not able to complete the task or 1 if they are able to complete it. The points are then added together, to score a maximum of 15: higher scores indicate better mobility performance. (Franchignoni et al., 2003; Hsueh, Wang, Sheu & Hsieh, 2003). The RMI takes 3 to 5 minutes to administer (Hsieh et al., 2000).

Use the following EVALUATION FORM to evaluate your patient and PRINT THE FORM when the evaluation is completed.


  1. Collen FM, Wade DT, Robb GF, Bradshaw CM. The Rivermead Mobility Index: a further development of the Rivermead Motor Assessment. Int Disabil Stud. 1991;13(2):50-4
  2. Sabrina Figueiredo. Rivermead Mobility Index (RMI). Available from: https://strokengine.ca/en/assessments/rivermead-mobility-index-rmi/ (Accessed 23/06/2022)
  3. Ryall, N. H., Eyres, S. B., et al. “Is the Rivermead Mobility Index appropriate to measure mobility in lower limb amputees?” Disabil Rehabil 2003 25(3): 143-153
  4. Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. Rivermead Mobility Index.

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