Development of a participatory process to address fragmented application of outcome measurement for rehabilitation in community settings

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Hillier, Susan
Comans, Tracy
Sutton, Mathew
Amsters, Delena
Kendall, Melissa
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2010
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Purpose. Outcome measurement is an integral part of delivering rehabilitation services in community settings. However, measurement is of little value if instruments are chosen ad hoc and are not administered consistently. The purpose of this study was to develop and test a participatory process of outcome measure selection which would engender consistent use of robust and appropriate instruments. Method. The ICF provided the conceptual framework for a systematic review of the literature for relevant outcome measures. A summary of the critical appraisal of the clinimetric properties of the identified instruments was created. The summaries were reviewed and vetted by stakeholders including clinicians, researchers, and managers/policy makers. Results. From the 300 identified and appraised measures, 28 were chosen and made available in a Compendium of Clinical Measures for Community Rehabilitation. The Compendium contains three core measures to be used routinely with all rehabilitation clients and a further 25 that cover particular discipline and client needs. This resource is now available to all clinicians working in the participating rehabilitation services. Conclusion. A participatory process combining rigorous review of the literature, expert opinion, and clinician feedback is recommended in the selection and implementation of outcome measures in rehabilitation settings in the community.

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Disability and Rehabilitation
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32
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6
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Biomedical and clinical sciences
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