Guide to Selecting Outcome Measures
The following questions are intended to guide clinicians in selecting the correct outcome measures for their patients
Why Am I Using the Outcome Measure?[edit | edit source]
- Identifying the impact of a disorder on an individual?
- Establishing a baseline measure from which to monitor changes over time?
- Evaluating the impact of an intervention?
- Evaluating the needs of those attending a service?
What Am I Aiming to Measure?[edit | edit source]
- Impairments of body structure and function?
- Activity limitations?
- Participation restrictions?
- Quality of life?
Have the Clinimetric Properties of this Tool Been Measured in a Population Similar to Mine? Consider:[edit | edit source]
- Do the study samples have the same condition?
- Is the study sample similar in disease severity?
- Is the study sample similar in disease-specific factors?
Is the Outcome Measure Reliable?[edit | edit source]
- Do I know the rate of error detected with scores?
- Do I know the minimum detectable change?
Is the Outcome Measure Valid?[edit | edit source]
- Does it measure what I want it to measure?
Is the Outcome Measure Responsive to Change?[edit | edit source]
- Is there a known minimum clinically important difference?
Financial Considerations[edit | edit source]
- What is the cost of this test?
- Is a licence required?
- Is equipment required?
Therapist Implementation[edit | edit source]
- Is the measure easy for a clinician to conduct?
- Is special training required/available?
- Are there clear standardised instructions on how to carry out and score the measure?
- How long does it take to carry out the measure?
- How long does it take to record results?
Resources[edit | edit source]
- Is special equipment or are special forms required?
- Is space sufficient for this measure to be carried out?
Client[edit | edit source]
- How much time does it take for the person to complete?
- Is the task difficult?
- Is privacy required?
Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROM)[edit | edit source]
- Is face-to-face contact required or can this measure be completed in the waiting room?
- Does the questionnaire cover sensitive personal issues?
- Is there a specific reading level required?
- Is the measure available in other languages?
References[edit | edit source]
- Iansek R, & Morris ME (Eds.) (2013). Rehabilitation in movement disorders. Cambridge University Press.