Short Tilte:Measuring what matters: key rehabilitation outcomes
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):94, 75, 10, 1073-1076
Discusses the key rehabilitation outcomes that should be measured to adequately document the impact of rehabilitation in a person's life. The author proposes a model of rehabilitation outcomes that builds on the concepts of impairment, disability, and handicap from the World Health Organization's model of disablement. The model identifies handicap as a key outcome, emphasizes the lifetime nature of disabling conditions, and recognizes the importance of an individual's subjective perceptions as legitimate outcomes. This view of the rehabilitation process provides a logical connection between rehabilitation interventions and the ultimate concern with quality of life. This article describes each component of the model and discusses the implications for practice and research.