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Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes and Effectiveness

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Overview

Why is this study needed?

The purpose of this Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) is to provide national leadership on the major functional assessment, outcomes and health policy issues facing the medical rehabilitation community and the diverse consumers it seeks to serve. The RRTC will conduct research; host forums for discussion; publish in the rehabilitation, health policy and consumer literature; train new researchers in rehabilitation-focused health services research and disseminate information to diverse consumer, provider and academic audiences. The RRTC will serve as a catalyst for the development of new ideas that will enable medical rehabilitation and the larger health care system to be more responsive to the needs of people with disabilities.

How will this study help patients and rehabilitation stakeholders?

This study will:

  • Develop information about the effectiveness of various Post Acute Care (PAC) settings in order to help consumers and other rehabilitation stakeholders make more informed rehabilitation care choices
  • Better describe the long-term outcomes of rehabilitation services such as community participation
  • Find more efficient ways of collecting outcomes data so health care resources can be better utilized
  • Provide information in ways that are most helpful for consumers when selecting rehabilitation services by understanding how format and presentation style influence patient understanding of rehabilitation quality outcomes indicators.

What are the project objectives?

  • R1: Equating & Effectiveness
    Equate three federally-mandated measures of functional status in order to compare functional outcomes and effectiveness across post-acute settings;
  • R2: Community Participation
    Develop an innovative measure of community participation in a meaningful, reliable and valid manner in order to better capture the long-term outcomes of rehabilitation services;
  • R3: Rehabilitation Data Collection
    Capitalize on state-of-the art measurement technology to more efficiently collect rehabilitation outcomes data;
  • R4: Quality Indicators
    Examine how format and presentation style influences patient understanding of rehabilitation quality outcomes indicators in order to provide information in ways that are most helpful for consumers when selecting rehabilitation services;
  • Training & Dissemination
    Eight training and five dissemination projects will use knowledge gained from the research projects to meet the targeted needs of rehabilitation stake holders;
  • Technical Assistance
    To make the expertise of project personnel available to rehabilitation stakeholders.

How will the project objectives be achieved?

RRTC project personnel will research, develop and evaluate interventions and tools to measure outcomes; develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive plan for training key rehabilitation stakeholders; provide technical assistance to key rehabilitation stakeholders; develop a systematic plan for focused dissemination of informational materials based on knowledge gained from the RRTC's activities including a state-of-the-science conference.

What agency funded the project?

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

NIDRR Grant Number: H133B040032

What is the duration of the project?

December 1, 2004 - November 30, 2009

Project Staff

Allen Heinemann, Ph.D., Program Director & Principal Investigator, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Anne Deutsch, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Trudy Mallinson, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Richard Gershon, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare

Related Project Research Web Sites

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
NARIC project description
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

Contact Information

For researchers and students
Allen Heinemann, Ph.D.
312-238-2802

For members of the media
312-238-6044