Outcomes Of Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Executive Summary:

ABI rehabilitation is complex, multidisciplinary and undertaken in a variety of healthcare and community settings. It is therefore important that clinicians, service delivery organisations, funders / insurers and other stakeholders communicate with each other within and across these settings to optimise care provision through the rehabilitation journey, determine the effectiveness of service delivery, and identify ongoing care and support needs.

Identifying outcome measures that can be routinely, accurately and efficiently collected following ABI rehabilitation is challenging due to the multiple domains addressed by ABI rehabilitation, each with a plethora of potential measurement instruments. Variation in outcome measurement between different health services and settings creates difficulties in communication and understanding of an ABI patient's status as they move through the system. Furthermore, patients and families encounter duplication of assessments during their rehabilitation journey. 

A standardised minimum dataset of ABI rehabilitation outcomes may address these difficulties, facilitate benchmarking and enable collaborative research. Therefore, this NTRI Forum aimed to identify key outcome measures for ABI rehabilitation and determine how a minimum dataset of ABI rehabilitation outcomes for Victoria could be developed.

Date: March 2014


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