Outcome measurement in Australian rehabilitation environments

Douglas, Heather and Swanson, Cheryl and Gee, Travis and Bellamy, Nicholas (2005) Outcome measurement in Australian rehabilitation environments. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 37 (5). pp. 325-329. ISSN 1650-1977

Abstract

Objective: To determine the frequency and pattern of methods of outcome assessment used in Australian physical rehabilitation environments. Design: Postal survey. Methods: A questionnaire on service type, staffing, numbers of adults treated and outcome measures used for 7 conditions related to injury and road trauma as well as stroke and neuromuscular disorders was sent to 973 services providing adult physical rehabilitation treatment. Results: Questionnaires were completed by 440 service providers for a response rate of 45%, similar to that reported in a recent European survey reported in this journal. A small number of measures were reported as in use by most respondents, while a large number of measures were used by a few respondents. Measures of physical changes were used more frequently than those of generic well-being or quality of life. Ease of use and reporting to other professionals were cited as the most important reasons in selection of outcome measures. Conclusion: This Australian-wide survey detected considerable heterogeneity in outcome measurement procedures used in rehabilitation environments. While the goal of measurement may vary between providers and differ between conditions, the results highlight opportunities for harmonization, benchmarking and measurement of health-related quality of life.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author verison not held.
Depositing User: Dr Travis Gee
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 02 May 2010 05:23
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: benchmarking; outcome measures; rehabilitation; standardization; neuromuscular disease; stroke; quality of life;
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1080/16501970510035089
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7801

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