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#Occhat – Occupational Evaluation/Outcome Measures

Occupational Evaluation/Outcome Measures 

Date:   26/03/2013  Host: @Symbolic_Life

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The final #occhat exploring occupation through the OT process will be hosted by Michelle Perryman @Symbolic_Life (with support from @kirstyes on the OTalk/Occhat account – @OTalk_Occhat).

Michelle wrote this to support the occhat.

Outcome Measures

In the current economic climate ‘payment by results’ is affecting commissioning in health and social care.

How is the OT profession managing this?

Do these measures take into account client need AND service provision?


  • Do we need outcome measures?
  • What is the importance of outcome measures?
  • What outcome measures are used? And why?
  • The underpinning theory of the outcome measures?
  • Does this benefit your service users and service?
  • Does your outcome have a recordable numerical measure?
  • How are your outcome measures audited?

(Additionally I would like to add the question – How do the outcome measures you use link to occupation? Do they measure performance, engagement, satisfaction or something else?)


Bennett, S and Bennett, J.W. 2000. The process of evidence-based practice in occupational therapy: Informing clinical decisions. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 47, 171-180.

Cusick, A and McCluskey, A. 2000. Becoming an evidence-based practitioner through professional development. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 47, 159- 170.

Eakin, P. No date. Using Outcome Measures in Occupational Therapy. Available from: Accessed March 18th 2013.

Fossey, E. 2000. Special Issue – Evidence-based practice. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 47, 145-146.

Goodacre, L., Austin, C. and Lycett, H. No date. SNOMED Clinical Terminology: Countdown to 2013. Available from: Accessed March 18th 2013.

Laver-Fawcett, A. and Austin, C. No date. Outcome Measures in Practice, Evaluation and Commissioning. Available from: Accessed March 18th 2013.

MacDermid, J. and Michlovitz, S. 2008. Incorporating outcome measures into evidence-based practice. In: Law, M and Macdermid J. (eds) 2008. Evidence-based rehabilitation: a guide to practice (2nd ed) Thorofare, NJ: Slack incorporated, P63-94.

Unsworth, C. 2000. Measuring the outcomes of occupational therapy: Tools and resources. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 47, 147-158.

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