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Standardised Tests: an Appropriate Way to Measure the Outcome of Paediatric Occupational Therapy?

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The advent of clinical governance has refocused clinicians on the need to use evidence-based practice, one aspect of which is the identification and measurement of intervention outcomes. Paediatric occupational therapists have traditionally used a variety of standardised tests in their practice and these are often cited as the means by which treatment outcomes are evaluated. However, the tests most frequently used may not be the most appropriate measures of the outcome of occupational therapy.

This paper explores some of the issues surrounding outcome measurement in the field of paediatrics and highlights aspects of outcome measurement requiring further clinical and research consideration. It is suggested that there is a need to develop a conceptual framework for outcome evaluation which is both consistent with the occupational focus of practice and uses outcome tools that are objective, useful and appropriate.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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