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Webinar: Outcome Measurement Selection in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

Recorded May 15, 2015

When a patient is in rehabilitation, it is essential to measure progress and capture change resulting from an intervention. How to select an outcome measure can be a challenging process, as there are so many from which to choose. This webinar will describe the process that the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) EDGE Taskforce of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) utilized to recommend outcome measures for use in the SCI population to assist researchers and clinicians in their practice. The webinar will provide examples of how to utilize their recommendations and provide examples across each International Classification of Function (ICF) domain. Additionally, gaps in areas of outcome measurement in SCI rehabilitation were discussed.

Welcome to the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Training and Dissemination page. Here you will find links to upcoming conferences, archived lectures, PowerPoint presentations, and other resources and information related to outcome measurement and research.

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In addition to the resources found below, please visit the following RRTC pages for more Training & Dissemination information:

If you have any questions about CROR’s Training and Education, or you wish to be updated by email about new content, please contact Jill Smiley at

Measuring Participation & Environmental Factors

2011 NARRTC (National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers) Annual Conference Presentation

Presentation Title: Measuring Environmental Factors that Influence Community Participation

Presented by: Allen Heinemann, Wendy Coster, & Joy Hammel

Access the presentation as PDF file

International Symposium on Measurement of Participation in Rehabilitation Research

Video is now available for presentations from our 2008 symposium. In this pre-course to the ACRM-ASNR Joint Educational Conference in Toronto, speakers focused on the key issues of conceptualization, operationalization, environmental influences, and personal characteristics. If you would like to receive a video, please contact Holly DeMark at or watch the video free on-line.

Infusing Outcomes Measurement into Clinical Practice

Outcomes Measurement Database

The Rehabilitation Measures Database ( was developed to help clinicians and researchers identify reliable and valid instruments used to assess patient outcomes during all phases of rehabilitation. The database provides evidence-based summaries that include concise descriptions of each instrument’s psychometric properties, instructions for administering and scoring each assessment as well as a representative bibliography with citations linked to PubMed abstracts. Whenever possible, we have also included a copy of the instrument for the users to download or information about obtaining the instrument. The database would not be possible without funding from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education (grant award H133B090024).

Enhancing Quality of Prosthetic and Orthotic Services with Process and Outcome Information

Researchers at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC) and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) have created an online educational module for orthotists and prosthetists. Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN, presents Quality Improvement: What Is It and How Do We Use It?

Content includes a description of the benefits of continuous quality improvement efforts and step-by-step instruction on implementing such a project. Quality improvement initiatives have the potential to improve patient service, increase clinician and support staff effectiveness, and minimize cost by continuously identifying areas for targeted improvement. The outcome of such efforts can lead to improved patient satisfaction with clinical services and products, improved function, and, ultimately, improved quality of life. Dr. Ehrlich-Jones introduces the Orthotics and Prosthetics Users’ Survey (OPUS), which is used to monitor patient functional status, health-related quality of life, and satisfaction with lower-extremity devices and clinical services. OPUS is an instrument that can be used to track patients’ feedback over the course of their treatment by collecting patient data at admission, at device delivery, and again at a later follow-up.

If you have questions or comments regarding the presentation, please contact Lauri Connelly, Clinical Research Coordinator: or call 312-238-1405.

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