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    The ACRM Measurement Networking Group (MNG) focuses members’ interests in the development, application, evaluation, and utilization of outcome measures. Members contribute programming to the ACRM Annual Conference and develop activities of common interest. Please contact the chair to learn more and get involved.



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    The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.



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    Click to View all Measurement Content Coming to the 2016 ACRM Annual ConferenceOutstanding Content Presented at the ACRM 2016 Annual Conference

    We were proud to host six full days of measurement content during the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference in Chicago including talks on Outcomes in Oncology Rehabilitation, Fairness in Testing, Choosing Outcome Measures to Evaluate Functional Movement after Stroke, Assessment of Locomotor Functions, and Research Dissemination.

    In addition to our contributions to the Core Conference, we had terrific Pre-Conference courses including one presented by our chair, Trudy Mallinson, as well as Pamela Roberts, Deborah Backus and others. They discussed the importance of real processes of integrating outcome assessment in clinical practice.



    Applied Cognition Task Force


    CO-CHAIR: Patricia Heyn, PhD, FACRM
    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

    Sandra KletzelCO-CHAIR: Sandra Kletzel, PhD
    Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital

    Participants identified measurement of applied cognition in rehabilitation settings as a high priority. They noted that it is challenging to select instruments that are feasible for use in clinical settings, as well as reliable, valid, and imposing a low patient burden. The group discussed how one would select measures of applied cognition for various patient populations. To learn more and get involved, please contact Patricia Heyn, PhD

    James Graham

    NEW! Rehabilitation Health Services Research Task Force

    CHAIR: James Graham, PhD, DC
    University of Texas Medical Branch

    CO-CHAIR: Addie Middleton, DPT
    University of Texas Medical Branch

    Healthcare reform is having a dramatic impact on how rehabilitation services are being delivered, evaluated, and reimbursed. Additionally, technological advances and innovative analytic techniques have created unique research opportunities. The mission of the Health Services Research Task Force is to facilitate collaboration and increase the scope and effectiveness of health services research among ACRM researchers. Please contact James Graham for more information and/or to get involved.

    Janet Niemeier

    Biometrics & Biomarkers Task Force

    CHAIR: Jan Niemeier

    This task force will study linkages of traditional rehabilitation tests and measures with metric technologies and molecular measures to collectively enhance characterization of individuals as well as tracking of outcomes after injury or illness-related disablement. Leveraging of biologic and electronic measurement has the potential to increase understanding of injury/illness impact and recovery.

    This task force wants to grow its membership and generate systematic reviews as well as provide symposia and primers on how to initiate B & B measurement teams in a range of settings and studies. Contact the chair to learn about opportunities to participate.

    Allan Kozlowski

    Terminology Task Force

    CHAIR: Allan Kozlowski

    This task force was formed to review existing resources and recommend terms to standardize measurement terminology as it applies to rehabilitation research and practice.

    Other groups have defined measurement standards, such as the COSMIN (COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement Instruments), and the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education, which jointly publish the Standard for Educational and Psychological Testing. However, these two resources define terms like validity in different ways, and neither has been reviewed for suitability for rehabilitation research and practice.

    For instance, in defining validity, COSMIN uses a traditional definition of “the degree to which an HR-PRO instrument measures the construct(s) it purports to measure,” whereas the Standard for Educational and Psychological Testing uses the definition of “the degree to which accumulated evidence and theory support a specific interpretation of test scores for a given use of a test.

    The Terminology Task Force will compile and review a set of measurement terminology resources from a rehabilitation perspective, and make recommendations for a standard set of terms and definitions. Specific Task Force activities will be determined by the task force and could include a review of measurement term usage in rehabilitation journals. If you are interested in joining the task force, contact the chair, Allan Kozlowski.

    Curriculum Task Force

    CO-CHAIR:  Lauren Terhorst, PhD
    University of Pittsburgh

    CO-CHAIR: Shannon Juengst, CRC, PhD
    University of Pittsburgh

    The creation of this task force was with recognition that measurement science is evolving faster than clinical education. Last year, a survey was developed for occupational therapy educators by Susan Magasi and is now ready for feedback. Our goal for the upcoming year will be to evaluate the survey from last year, including analysis of results and possible adaptation of the survey for Master’s and PhD programs to assess measurement-related training opportunities.

    Lauren Terhorst

    Lauren Terhorst

    I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, with secondary appointments in Nursing and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute. My areas of expertise are measurement and statistics, and I have over 10 years of experience as a statistician, methodologist, and statistical mentor. I have developed a doctoral-level instrumentation course that I taught for five years. Currently, I teach graduate-level statistics and oversee a psychometric journal club for doctoral students.

    Shannon JuengstShannon Juengst

    Starting in January of 2017, I will be joining the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as an Assistant Professor, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling.  I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with a PhD in Rehabilitation Science.  My research expertise is in community-based outcomes of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and I have over 10 years of experience in rehabilitation-related research.  I have a growing expertise in instrument development and psychometric assessment, complimented by advanced training in evidence-based practice.  I will be teaching graduate-level courses in research methodology and evidence-based practice in UTSW’s School of Health Professions.


    Linda Ehrlich-JonesRehab Measures Database Task Force

    CHAIR: Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

    Last year was the inaugural year for this task force. For 2017, this task force aims to recruit new members, collaborate with allied health graduate programs and have the members write summaries for the database. If you are interested in joining this task force, please reach out to the chair, Linda Ehrlich-Jones.

    Communications Task Force

    Janet Niemeier


    CO-CHAIR: Jan Niemeier
    Carolinas Medical Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Jennifer Weaver


    CO-CHAIR: Jen Weaver, MA, OTR/L
    George Washington University Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research

    This newly formed task force will aid in the dissemination of upcoming events and news related to the Measurement Networking Group and rehabilitation outcomes measurement. Currently, we provide content for the website and assemble our newsletter, Pre to Post. We are currently seeking new members to join this task force.

    NEW!  Mental Health Measurement Task Force

    CHAIR: Tanja Laukkala, MD, PhD
    KELA Social Insurance Institution, Helsinki, Finland

    This task force under Measurement Networking Group began from discussions during the Chicago ACRM meeting in November. Mental health measurement instruments are needed to assess and follow the effects of rehabilitation. The task force encourages members to contribute mental health instrument content for evaluation and inclusion in the Rehabilitation Measures Database. The task force members will determine additional activities as this committee grows. Please contact Tanja if you are interested in joining this task force to be a member or to serve as a co-chair.

    Tanja Laukkala

    I am an MD, PhD, specialist in Psychiatry and work as a Medical Advisor in the Finnish Social Insurance Institution Kela. I enjoyed the fall 2016 ACRM meeting and look forward to finding interested collaborators. I would be happy to have a Co-Chair of this Task Force since I work from Finland.

    Early Career Task Force

    CO-CHAIR: Deepan Kamaraj, MD, MS
    University of Pittsburgh


    Jason Raad


    CO-CHAIR:  Jason Raad, PhD
    Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH), Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

    This task force has regular committee meetings and last year they developed a preliminary mission and goals. They had their inaugural first panel discussion during our mid-year meeting. They want to enhance their efforts and expand their membership to reach students and professionals who have an interest on outcomes measurement.

    They have created a Psychometrics Journal Club open to public and interested members. The faculty and students at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh meet once every three weeks for a journal club to discuss manuscripts pertaining to Psychometrics that focus on one of the following topics:

    1. Journal article of a new psychometric tool or instrument
    2. Journal article of an existing psychometric tool or instrument that explores new psychometric properties
    3. Student’s proposed or current work, dissertation, or other research projects.

    The chosen article for discussion is selected a week before the meeting by a student, and the student leads the journal club the following week. This structure is intended to help students practice presentation skills in preparation for their doctoral competencies and defense. It is also intended to be a collaborative and supportive environment where members can get feedback on any ideas, proposed tools, or projects.

    Interested members can call in to participate in the discussion. If you are interested, please contact Deepan for further details!



    Trudy Mallinson


    CHAIR:  Trudy Mallinson, PhD, OTR/L
    George Washington University

    Noelle Carlozzi


    CHAIR-ELECT: Noelle Carlozzi, PhD
    University of Michigan


    Allen Heinemann


    PAST CHAIR:  Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (RP), FACRM
    Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

    Allan Kozlowski


    SECRETARY:  Allan Kozlowski, PhD, BSc (PT)
    Mary FreeBed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids Michigan


    Janet Niemeier


    Carolinas Rehabilitation, Carolinas Medical Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Jan Nordvik


    AWARDS OFFICER: Jan Nordvik, PhD
    Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital/Regional Center for Knowledge Translation



    The Measurement Networking Group is pleased to recognize the top three scientific posters for measurement presented at the 2016 ACRM Annual Conference in the following categories.


    Measurement Networking Group Early Career Poster Award

    Suzanne Perea received the MNG Early Career award for her poster tiled, Assessing the impact of executive dysfunction in the home environment using the Multiple Errands Test Home Version (MET-Home).


    Measurement Networking Group Measurement in Action Award

    Deborah Snell received the MNG Measurement in Action award for her poster titled, Reducing patient burden with quality of life questionnaires: Psychometric evaluation of a short form of the WHOQOL-Brief in arthroplasty patients.


    Measurement Networking Group Advancing the Science of Measurement

    Lauren Terhorst received the MNG Advancing the Science of Measurement for her poster titled, Systematic Review of the Application of Item Response Theory to Ecological Momentary Assessment Data.

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    One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.

    Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.


    Linda Resnik, PT, PhD

    Linda Resnik, PT, PhD


    "The MNG is a great opportunity to meet and work with others who are interested in furthering the science and application of outcome measurement in rehabilitation."




    Rehabmeasures_logo_R3_v1_cpHave you ever searched for an instrument to assess patient performance? With funding from NIDRR, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measures of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes developed the Rehabilitation Measures Database (RMD) to meet these needs.

    RMD is a web-based, searchable database of assessment instruments designed to help clinicians and researchers select appropriate measures for screening, monitoring patient progress, and assessing outcomes in rehabilitation. This database allows clinicians and researchers to search for instruments using a word search or specific characteristics of an instrument, such as area of assessment, diagnosis, length of test and cost. The search function returns relevant results and provides the user with the ability to refine the search.

    The instruments listed in the database are described with specific details regarding their reliability, validity, mode of administration, cost and equipment required. Additionally, information to support the user in interpreting the results, such as minimal detectable change scores, cut-offs and normative values, are included. A sample copy of the instrument is also provided when available.

    More than 55 instruments that can be used to assess individuals with stroke and spinal cord injury are currently indexed in the RMD. The Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research provided funding for development of the website and instrument summaries for stroke, spinal cord injury and brain injury patients.

    Over the next few years, the database will grow substantially to incorporate instruments that assess other diagnoses, including neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.

    Learn how to get involved in this networking group by contacting the chair, Allen Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (RP), FACRM at +1.312.238.2802.


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