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Uses of Outcome Measures in Rehabilitation Units in Midlands of UK

Uses of Outcome Measures in Rehabilitation Units in Midlands of UK

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Objective, To explore professionals’ uses of outcome measurements and to investigate the barrier from using them in clinical practice. Design A self designed questionnaire survey sent by post with a phone call reminder. Participants Rehabilitation professionals who are currently working in (NHS Rehabilitation Trust Units) in Midland of UK Key words: Outcome Measures, TBI, Rehabilitation. Results : Questionnaires were sent to 14 TBI centers, (response rate 32%). More than 24 % of the respondent, professional’s uses on-standardised outcome measures in their routine clinical practice. The most commonly used were the Rivermead Mobility index , HAD’S and EKOS . Of the barriers to using outcome measures, time required to administer the tests and lack of familiarity with functional tests were nominated by more than 80% of respondents. What remains unclear is the extent to which the measures are being used appropriately. Conclusion : Outcome measures within clinical practice is still in its infancy and need to develop , as many clinicians still questioning outcome measures application, benefits and the access to it.
Professionals’ Use of Functional Outcome Measurement Tools in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Units in the Midlands of United Kingdom