#OTalk – 24 March 2015 – Outcome measures: if there could be only one

Please join us and Katrina Bannigan @KatrinaBannigan on the 24th March 2015 at 8pm UK. 

Katrina has written an introduction to the chat on her blog here.

#OTalk Outcome measures…if there could be only one?

Just back from annual leave and remembered I have been given the opportunity to host #OTalk tomorrow to discuss outcome measures. This is not a general discussion about outcome measures but to consider outcome measures in the context of The IHC Plymouth Case Study Project* **.

The aim of The IHC Plymouth Case Study project (#IHCPlymCaseStudy) is to collect single case (n=1) studies using a common framework so that they can be pooled to create larger studies. The challenge is to find an outcome measure that every occupational therapist can realistically use so that the single cases are comparable. A review of measures suggests that the Goal Attainment Scaling-Light (GAS-Light), a simplified version of Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) designed to be usable in routine clinical practice, is the best choice for this project. The rationale for this choice is:

– it is goal-orientated so it is compatible with occupational therapy practice whatever the field.

– it has been designed for use in clinical practice so it has greater utility than the GAS

– it is free to use.

– the scoring enable comparisons to be made between cases.

– it can be used easily in conjunction with other measures.

At recent conferences to discuss the common framework for collecting case studies the delegates agreed that the GAS-Light should be used when collecting data for The IHC Plymouth Case Study Project.

So I am interested in hearing your views on:

(a) What outcome measure do you think every occupational therapist who contributes to The IHC Plymouth Case Study Project should use so that the case studies collected are comparable?

(b) Does the GAS-Light, especially if the goals written have an occupation focus, seem like a workable option?

Please join #IHCPlymCaseStudy for the #OTalk  tweetchat at 8.00-9.00pm 24th March 2015


GAS – Goal Attainment Scaling in Rehabilitation See http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/research/divisions/cicelysaunders/resources/tools/gas.aspx


*You may have heard this called the N=1 study but I  decided, after discussing it with Sam Shann (VP (Finance) WFOT), to change the project name to case study; its so that the project has greater international appeal.

**You may not have heard of the project at all. That is not surprising the project is in its infancy. This blog post is the first blog post. A Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheIHCPlymouthCaseStudyResearchProject) has been set-up but at a recent conference it was highlighted that some people cannot use Facebook because of the firewall in their organisation. Information will be posted on this blog and Facebook to make information about the project available to the widest group of people.


 Post-Chat Update

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