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Standard Outcome Measures

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What are standardised outcome measures?

Standardised outcome measures are tools to measure different dimensions of health and well being impacting an injured person. These include pain, physical functioning, mental health, readiness to return to work and so on. They support health professionals to engage more in the recovery, rehabilitation and return to work of a person injured in a transport accident.

Who uses standardised outcome measures?

It is expected that all health professionals providing services to a person injured in a transport accident will routinely use standardised outcome measures every 4 to 12 weeks to monitor the effectiveness of their treatment and any changes in the health status of the injured person. It is important that measurement starts as early as possible to capture early change.

Goal setting

Measures are closely linked to goal setting. Whether starting medication or therapy, it should be clear to both the treater and the injured person what is expected.  SMART goals are the gold standard in goal setting, meaning Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Relevant, Timed.

Outcome measures

The following measures may be used to assist in clinical practice. Health professionals are expected to decide which measures are appropriate for their patient.  It is often preferable to use more than one measure to capture different dimensions of the injured person's health and well being.

Measures to design patient specific treatment

Identifying barriers to progress

Predicting response to treatment

Upper limb function

Lower limb function

Neck function

Back function

Headache and function

Mental health assessment and treatment

Neurological conditions

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) 

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)