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About the Networking Group

The ACRM Outcomes Measurement Networking Group 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.

executive commmittee

CHAIR:  Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (RP), FACRM
Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Phone: +1.312.238.2802

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

SECRETARY:  Allan Kozlowski, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


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Seeking Activities of Interest in Outcomes Measurement

The Outcomes Measurement Networking Group (OMNG) is seeking program topics for the 2014 ACRM Annual Conference. At last year’s conference in Orlando, networking group members identified priority themes of Applied Cognition, Measure Applications, and Curriculum Development. Task forces are now forming to build on these themes at the 2014 Annual Conference in Toronto.

Please contact the OMNG chair, Allen Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (RP), FACRM to propose topics and to indicate interest in organizing and/or contributing to these events.

oMNG task forces

Applied Cognition task force

CHAIR: Patricia Heyn, PhD 

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.

Measure Applications Task force

CHAIR: Linda Resnik, PT, PhD

There are myriad applications of outcome measures. Participants in the meeting discussed various applications. The term “measure” is often understood differently from clinicians, policy makers, and researchers. A glossary may be useful. Many people have a limited understanding of the term quality measure, and how measures are integrated into quality improvement activities. CMS’ implementation of G-Codes provides another opportunity to think about measure application.

Curriculum Development task force

CHAIR:  Susan Magasi, PhD

Graduate-level and in-service clinical education on outcome measure is a pressing need. Few graduate programs in nursing and allied health disciplines have expertise in outcome measurement utilization. The OMNG could be a valuable resource, given members’ expertise in this area. Development of PowerPoint presentations with a voice over for students would be useful. Members might develop brief, ten-minute lectures, that provide an educational resource for instructors and students that cross disciplines.

Rehabilitation Measures Instrument Database

Have 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), www.rehabmeasures.org 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.

Outcomes Measurement Resources

The Member Guide to Product Development describes ACRM products, e.g., fact sheets, journal articles, manuals, and the procedure used by ACRM groups and committees to develop them. Includes a product development worksheet and a form to request a product review. 

How Do I Join other ACRM Groups?

ACRM membership includes affiliation with any ACRM community forum. Members may participate in any group, including Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Stroke Interdisciplinary Special Interest Groups; Early Career, Healthcare Policy, International, and Outcomes Measurement Networking Groups; as well as groups now forming for Geriatric Rehabilitation, Pain, Neurodegenerative Diseases, and Pediatric Rehabilitation. Nonmembers are welcome and encouraged to participate in any networking or  forming group. Please contact Terri Compos, ACRM Community Relations Manager, for details.



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