Purpose of the measure
The Reintegration to Normal Living Index (RNLI) was developed to assess, quantitatively, the degree to which individuals who have experienced traumatic or incapacitating illness achieve reintegration into normal social activities (e.g. recreation, movement in the community, and interaction in family or other relationships). Reintegration to normal living was defined by the scale authors as the “reorganization of physical, psychological, and social characteristics of an individual into a harmonious whole so that one can resume well-adjusted living after incapacitating illness or trauma” (Wood-Dauphinee & Williams, 1987).
The RNLI has been tested for use with individuals with stroke, malignant tumors, degenerative heart disease, central nervous system disorders, arthritis, fractures and amputations; spinal cord injury; traumatic brain injury; rheumatoid arthritis; subarachnoid hemorrhage; hip fracture; physical disability; and community-dwelling elderly.
Author*: Elissa Sitcoff, BA BSc
Editors: Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT; Lisa Zeltzer, MSc OT
Evidence reviewed as of before 19-08-2008