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A review of measures to evaluate participation outcomes post-stroke

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Abstract:

Background: Stroke is one of the most common disabling conditions of adulthood. Participation problems are extremely common post-stroke. Occupational therapists, by virtue of their commitment to enabling occupation, are in a strong position to help stroke survivors improve their participation. To demonstrate effectiveness, occupational therapists must be able to provide evidence of post-treatment changes in participation.

Objective: The objective of this paper was to identify participation measures that have been developed for, or tested with, individuals who have experienced a stroke and to review them for use as occupational therapy outcome measures.

Method: A literature review was carried out to locate relevant tools. These tools were then rated for psychometric and clinical properties that are critical for clinical outcome measurement. In addition, the theoretical fit of each evaluation with occupational therapy's commitment to client-centredness was considered.

Results: Ten evaluations were identified and rated. These ratings were designed to assist occupational therapists to choose a participation measure for their practice.

Conclusion: Selection and use of such a measure will help occupational therapists to document its effectiveness in improving participation among stroke survivors.

Keywords: ASSESSMENT; PARTICIPATION; STROKE

Document Type: Review Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802212X13470263980757

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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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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