Frequently Asked Questions
times there may be some difficulty interpreting a CHART question
response. The following guidelines are provided to assist you in
making decisions regarding which values to assign to apparently
ambiguous responses. The number of each guideline refers to the
number of the CHART question. For those CHART questions which are
unlikely to have questionable interpretations, no specific guidelines
have been provided.
you come up with responses that don't seem to be adequately addressed
by the guidelines and conventions listed below, please contact the
CHART designers to discuss your problems and questions. These issues
and their responses will be shared with all CHART users in order
to ensure uniform scoring.
1. If a person has a disability that would typically result
in a high level of dependency, and indicates no attendant care is
used, probe this a bit further. The respondent may not understand
that assistance with dressing, grooming, bowel and bladder care,
etc. is to be considered attendant care.
an individual has various hours of assistance on different days
of the week, ask the respondent to average the total number of hours
of assistance per week, then divide that number by 7 to come up
with a daily estimate.
2. Some individuals may state that they have help with regular
household chores, but that may not be a change from their pre-injury
status. For someone who never typically did things like ironing,
grocery shopping, etc., he/she should not be penalized for not doing
those activities post-injury. The key is to look for change in the
level of assistance needed because of the injury.
3. If a person who has only occasional help is responsible for
arranging that assistance and providing at least an equal portion
of the instruction, he/she should be considered the person taking
responsibility for directing care.
instructing and directing care providers is a shared responsibility
between the respondent and a spouse or parent (for example), you
may need to probe further to determine who assumes main responsibility.
10. The responses to this question may vary according to season,
weather, etc. For example, many people are out daily in the summer,
but only one or two days a week in the winter. Ask the respondent
to use his/her judgment, based on the climate in which he/she lives,
to estimate the average number of days out per week throughout the
year. Being out of the house and going somewhere means that the
person leaves his/her own 'property'. Being out in the garden or
yard does not qualify as 'going somewhere'.
11. Any night spent away from a person's usual sleeping environment
is considered a night away from home. Visiting family or friends
and spending the night at someone else's house, therefore, is a
night away from home.
12. Independence into and out of one's home/living environment
means total independence; i.e., locking, unlocking, opening, and
closing doors, pushing manual wheelchair or operating motorized
wheelchair (if applicable) through doorways, and going up/down ramps
or steps leading into and out of the house must all be accomplished
13. If a person does not have independent access to ALL of the
locations and items listed, the response must be coded "NO".
14-17. The responses to Question #14-#17 refer to an individual
using transportation outside the home. Specifically, these items
refer to using cars, vans, other private vehicles and public transportation.
However, in cases where a person uses a wheelchair and states that
the wheelchair is the primary form of transportation outside the
home (i.e., does not use a car, van, or other vehicle), the scoring
remains the same.
19. Respondents must be working in jobs for which they are paid
in order to get points for this question. If a person is working
but not getting paid, consider this voluntary activity and calculate
the points based on the instructions for question #22.
20. Active homemaking, parenting, housekeeping, etc. is exactly
what it means. Being at home with the children at night with everyone
asleep is not considered 'active' parenting. Helping children with
homework, playing or supervising play, however, are active.
addition, 'active' can imply supervising housework and food preparation.
If someone is developing the household menus, arranging for housework
to be done, or overseeing other individuals performing those activities,
there is active involvement; therefore, count the time spent in
these planning/supervising activities. However, don't credit someone
with doing (for example) eight hours of yard work, if his/her only
'active' involvement was arranging and instructing the work needing
to be done. This 'active' role might, in fact, take an hour, so
credit for 1 hour is appropriate.
21. Hours spent in active home maintenance may vary with season
and with weather. Use the same logic employed in "#10" in estimating
22. Consider all organized volunteer work; for example, that
which is associated with churches or clubs. Also consider any time
'working' with no monetary compensation.
For questions 18-24, do not duplicate responses in categories. For
example, if someone 'plays' with the children and considers it sports
or exercise, as well as active parenting, that individual can only
receive credit in one category. In another example, a person who
gardens as a hobby may describe spending 20 hours a week in home
maintenance, then states that gardening is a hobby. When in doubt,
allow the respondent to choose the category which best describes
27. In Questions #25-#29, remember to count the number of people
contacted, not the actual number of times a person is contacted.
For example, someone may talk with a particular business associate
on a daily basis- that is considered one contact, not five (typical
working days of the week).
worry about getting exact counts of business associates, if a person
indicates "lots" or "dozens" of people are contacted. Remember,
this category allows for a maximum of 10 contacts.
be careful that you don't double count people in different categories!
31. Some respondents are unwilling to divulge information relating
to their financial status. In such cases, ask if the respondent
is willing to indicate a range between which the annual income falls.
When providing ranges, it will be most helpful to know the family
size and the poverty level. You may then ask if the income is between
people may indicate there is no household income from any source.
Probe this, because there must be money from somewhere, whether
it is from a charitable source, government funds, other family support,
or something else.
A dimension score can be calculated only if ALL the questions in
that dimension have been answered. A total CHART score can be calculated
only if there is a score for each dimension.