A Comparison of Client Outcomes from Two Acute Care Neurological Services using Self-care Data from the Australian Therapy Outcome Measures for Occupational Therapy (AusTOMs - OT)

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The 12 scales in the Australian Therapy Outcome Measures for Occupational Therapy (AusTOMs - OT) have been previously reported as offering therapists a simple and quick outcome measure for use in all practice areas. This short report describes and compares outcomes for a sample of 82 clients with neurological problems from two acute care hospitals who were rated on the AusTOMs - OT Self-care scale. It was found that client outcomes were comparable at the two facilities, although one site had a higher number of occupational therapy contacts and a greater number of clients showed a reduction in their level of impairment. The findings of this study suggest that AusTOMs - OT can be used by services to compare client outcomes. Ultimately, AusTOMs - OT could be used to establish clinical benchmarks against which services could make comparisons.

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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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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