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Outcome Measurement Teaching Modules- Student Version

As part of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center grant on Improving Measurement of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes (H133B090024) sponsored by the National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research, a set of Outcome Measurement Teaching Modules has been developed by researchers and clinicians. These modules form the base of a measurement course designed for rehabilitation professionals. The examples used in these modules focus on Occupational & Physical Therapy outcome measures. Other professions may want to modify the case examples and the specific measurements to make them fully applicable to teaching goals within other rehabilitation professions (speech language pathology, recreational therapy, rehabilitation nursing, physiatry, etc.). If you would like to modify and use for your own purposes, please contact Allen Heinemann at
In order to access these modules, we ask that you first complete the following survey to provide us with information which will help us continue to improve these modules and to provide feedback to our funding agency.

After all required questions have been answered, you will be provided with 4 separate links to the 4 teaching modules:
Module 1: An Introduction to Measurement in Rehabilitation Practice
Module 2: Using Outcomes in Clinical Assessment & Intervention Planning
Module 3: Understanding Measurement Properties
Module 4: Strategies for Successful Implementation
Have you already downloaded the course modules? If so, please take a few minutes to complete our brief user survey, your feedback will help us improve this free resource. Thank you!
Webinars / Instructional Materials: (please complete our short survey to access the resources listed below)
PVA Education Foundation Funded Webinar Presented by Jennifer Kahn, PT, DPT, NCS
This webinar is designed to inform you of the process of recommending outcome measures for the SCI population, help you select outcome measures for individuals with SCI, and identify gaps in areas of outcome measurement in SCI rehabilitation.
PVA Education Foundation Funded Webinar Presented by Dr. Matthew Sorrenson
This webinar discusses how principles of measurement influence care provided to individuals with spinal cord injuries and reviews concepts of reliability and validity as they inform clinical practice outcomes.
PVA Education Foundation Funded Webinar Presented by Dr. Susan Magasi and Dr. Mark Harniss
This webinar describes the steps taken to evaluate the accessibility of outcomes measurements as well as methods to make measures more accessible.
RRF Funded Webinar Presented by Dr. Jennifer Moore and Dr. Allen Kozlowski
This webinar is designed to help clinicians select and interpret outcome measures with older adults. The hour long presentation demonstrates the selection of instruments from a database and interpretation of scores by considering information on measurement properties of validity, reliability, and clinical utility.
Demystifying Rasch Analyses for Clinical Application RRF Funded Webinar Presented by Dr. Jennifer Moore and Dr. Chih-Hung Chang Rasch analysis is increasingly utilized in research studies to determine psychometric properties of assessment instruments.  Terminology that is common in Rasch analysis, such as logits, infit, outfit, mean square and others are new to many clinicians, which is a barrier to reading, critiquing, and applying an article.   The purpose of this webinar is to provide a basic overview of Rasch analysis and its associated terminology.  Three recommended readings will provide an example of how to interpret Rasch analysis results, figures and tables in published research articles.
Using Client-Centered Practice & Patient-Reported Outcomes RRF Funded Webinar Presented by Dr. Joy Hammel Patient Reported Outcome Measurements (PROMs) provide clinicians with an efficient method of assessing a patient’s perspective of their own progress.  PROMs are the focus of many research studies and are used in some clinical practice settings.  Because PROMs are relatively new to rehabilitation, there are many questions about appropriate utilization of these measures.  Are PROMs reliable in my patient/client population?  Will these instruments provide a valid measurement of my patient’s/client’s progress?  How do PROMs compare to performance-based measures?   Should a PROM be used in conjunction with a performance-based measure?
Suggested Readings:

Kucukdeveci, A. A., Tennant, A., et al. (2011). "Strategies for assessment and outcome measurement in physical and rehabilitation medicine: an educational review." J Rehabil Med 43(8): 661-672. Find it on PubMed

Potter, K., Fulk, G. D., et al. (2011). "Outcome measures in neurological physical therapy practice: part I. Making sound decisions." J Neurol Phys Ther 35(2): 57-64. Find it on PubMed

Sullivan, J. E., Andrews, A. W., et al. (2011). "Outcome measures in neurological physical therapy practice: part II. A patient-centered process." J Neurol Phys Ther 35(2): 65-74. Find it on PubMed

Sullivan, J. E., Crowner, B. E., et al. (2013). "Outcome Measures for Individuals With Stroke: Recommendations From the American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section Task Force." Phys Ther. Find it on PubMed 


Riddle DL, Stratford PW.  Is This Change Real?: Interpreting Patient Outcomes in Physical Therapy.  F.A. Davis Company; 2013.

Straus S, Tetro J, Graham I. Knowledge Translation in Healthcare: Moving from Evidence to Practice. London: BMJ Books; 2009.

The contents of this database were developed under a grant from the Department of Education, NIDRR grant number H133B090024 (PI: Allen Heinemann, PhD).  However, the content does not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.  





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