The Functional Behavior Profile (FBP)

Author of Tool: 

Carolyn Baum, Dorothy Edwards, Nancy Morrow-Howell

Key references: 

Baum, C Edwards, D.F. Morrow-Howell, N. (1993). Identification and measurement of productive behaviours in senile dementia of the Alzheimer type. The Gerontologist, 33, 403-408.

Baum, M. C. and Edwards, D. F. (2000). Documenting productive behaviors. Using the functional behavior profile to plan discharge following stroke. J Gerontol Nurs, 26, 34-40; quiz 41-33.

Burgener, S., Twigg, P., et al. (2005). "Measuring psychological well-being in cognitively impaired persons." Dementia 4(4): 463.

Goverover, Y., Kalmar, J., et al. (2005). "The relation between subjective and objective measures of everyday life activities in persons with multiple sclerosis." Arch Phys Med Rehabil 86(12): 2303-2308.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Functional Behavior Profile (FBP) is a clinical assessment measure used to inform placement and discharge planning decisions following stroke. The FBP provides caregivers with a method of describing the impaired person’s capabilities in performing tasks, social interactions, and problem-solving. It was developed to guide treatment planning, documenting change, and identifying helpful community resources.


The Functional Behavior Profile (FBP) comprises 27 items concerning performance of daily activities by the cognitively impaired individual. The items are sectioned into three areas: Task Performance, Problem Solving, and Social Interaction. Each item is rated from 0 (never) to 4 (always) according to the subject’s behavior over the past 7 days. The checklist may be completed by the therapist by interviewing the primary caregiver or by the caregiver independently. Administration of the test takes, on average, 15 minutes. The FBP yields three scores for the factors of Task Performance, Problem Solving, and Social Interaction. An institutional version of the profile is also available for residents of facilities.


Internal consistency and criterion validity scores are provided in Baum et al. (2000) and Baum et al. (1993), respectively.



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