Outcome measurement in Australian rehabilitation environments

Douglas, Heather, Swanson, Cheryl, Gee, Travis and Bellamy, Nicholas (2005) Outcome measurement in Australian rehabilitation environments. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 37 5: 325-329. doi:10.1080/16501970510035089

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Author Douglas, Heather
Swanson, Cheryl
Gee, Travis
Bellamy, Nicholas
Title Outcome measurement in Australian rehabilitation environments
Journal name Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1650-1977
Publication date 2005
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/16501970510035089
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 37
Issue 5
Start page 325
End page 329
Total pages 5
Place of publication Uppsala, Sweden
Publisher Stiftelsen Rehabiliteringsinformation / Foundation for Rehabilitation Information
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
320000 Medical and Health Sciences
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
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.
Keyword Australia
Outcome Measures
Sport Sciences
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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