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Outcomes and Outcome Measures in Seating and Mobility: Current Practice

2019-06-28

There is a subtle difference between outcomes and outcome measures in seating and mobility.  Whereas outcomes may include subjective descriptions, outcome measures can be objective, quantifiable means of validating interventions.  The results of an on-line survey suggest that many therapists involved in seating and mobility in Canada consider outcomes when working with clients.  Some outcomes, such as pressure mapping, sitting tolerance and using SMART goals, allow for some aspect of measurement to occur.  A future Clinical Corner article will provide additional details on outcome measures that help to provide objective quantification of outcomes such as those mentioned in this month’s article. 

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