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    Meet us in Atlanta! ACRM Conference Fall 2017

    WED 25 OCT  12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Measurement Networking Group Terminology Task Force Meeting (By invitation only)

    FRI 27 OCT  7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Measurement Networking Group Applied Cognition Geriatric Task Force Meeting

    FRI 27 OCT  7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Measurement Networking Group Rehabilitation Measures Database Task Force Meeting

    FRI 27 OCT  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Measurement Networking Group Business Meeting    REGISTERED YET?



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    The ACRM Measurement Networking Group (MNG) focuses members’ interests in the development, application, evaluation, and utilization of outcome measures. Members contribute programming to the ACRM Annual Conference and develop activities of common interest. Please contact the chair to learn more and get involved.


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    ACRM 2017 Call for Proposals

    Call for Late Breaking Research Now OPEN

    The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference in Atlanta.


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    Measurement Content at the ACRM 2017 Annual Conference

    Join us at the ACRM Annual Conference, Progress in Rehabilitation Research this fall, for NONSTOP educational content focused on measurement. Plus, dive deep into intensive Pre-Conference Instructional Courses or Specialized Workshops on a wide variety of topics.

    Up to 42.5 hours of CE available.

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    MNG Call for Nominations

    The Nominating Committee of the ACRM Measurement Networking Group (MNG) announces a call for nominations for three officer positions: Chair-Elect, Secretary, and Communications Chair.

    Please send nominations including contact information and a statement of the nominee’s qualifications for the position to MNG Past Chair, Allen Heinemann, PhD, FACRM, by 5 July 2017. Self-nominations are welcome.


      The Chair-Elect becomes acquainted with the activities of the MNG in anticipation of succeeding the Chair after a two-year term. As chair, responsibilities include overseeing the work of the MNG task forces and serving as a member of the ACRM Chair-of-Chairs Council. The Chair-Elect presides at business meetings in the absence of the Chair. The Chair serves as Past-Chair after a two year term.
      The Secretary maintains a correct and permanent record of the meetings of the MNG including minutes of all meetings, correspondence by MNG officers, task force reports, membership records, and MNG award winners. The Secretary assists the Awards Chair in reviewing and selecting winning posters for the MNGs poster awards. The term is 2 years.
      The Communications Officer assists with communication using print, electronic, website, and social media, serves as editor of MNG’s newsletter and contributes content to ACRM’s newsletter, Rehabilitation Outlook. The Communications Officer in coordination with ACRM’s Communications Committee supports MNG Task Forces in reviewing Information/Education content for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The Communications Officer serves as MNG’s liaison and member of the ACRM Communications committee.



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    Applied Cognition Task Force


    CO-CHAIR: Patricia Heyn, PhD, FACRM
    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

    Sandra KletzelCO-CHAIR: Sandra Kletzel, PhD
    Edward Hines Jr., VA Hospital

    Participants identified measurement of applied cognition in rehabilitation settings as a high priority. They noted that it is challenging to select instruments that are feasible for use in clinical settings, as well as reliable, valid, and imposing a low patient burden. The group discussed how one would select measures of applied cognition for various patient populations. To learn more and get involved, please contact Patricia Heyn, PhD

    James Graham

    NEW! Rehabilitation Health Services Research Task Force

    CHAIR: James Graham, PhD, DC
    University of Texas Medical Branch

    Healthcare reform is having a dramatic impact on how rehabilitation services are being delivered, evaluated, and reimbursed. Additionally, technological advances and innovative analytic techniques have created unique research opportunities. The mission of the Health Services Research Task Force is to facilitate collaboration and increase the scope and effectiveness of health services research among ACRM researchers. Please contact James Graham for more information and/or to get involved.

    Janet Niemeier

    Biometrics & Biomarkers Task Force

    CHAIR: Jan Niemeier

    This task force will study linkages of traditional rehabilitation tests and measures with metric technologies and molecular measures to collectively enhance characterization of individuals as well as tracking of outcomes after injury or illness-related disablement. Leveraging of biologic and electronic measurement has the potential to increase understanding of injury/illness impact and recovery.

    This task force wants to grow its membership and generate systematic reviews as well as provide symposia and primers on how to initiate B & B measurement teams in a range of settings and studies. Contact the chair to learn about opportunities to participate.

    Allan Kozlowski

    Terminology Task Force

    CHAIR: Allan Kozlowski

    This task force was formed to review existing resources and recommend terms to standardize measurement terminology as it applies to rehabilitation research and practice.

    Other groups have defined measurement standards, such as the COSMIN (COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement Instruments), and the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education, which jointly publish the Standard for Educational and Psychological Testing. However, these two resources define terms like validity in different ways, and neither has been reviewed for suitability for rehabilitation research and practice.

    For instance, in defining validity, COSMIN uses a traditional definition of “the degree to which an HR-PRO instrument measures the construct(s) it purports to measure,” whereas the Standard for Educational and Psychological Testing uses the definition of “the degree to which accumulated evidence and theory support a specific interpretation of test scores for a given use of a test.

    The Terminology Task Force will compile and review a set of measurement terminology resources from a rehabilitation perspective, and make recommendations for a standard set of terms and definitions. Specific Task Force activities will be determined by the task force and could include a review of measurement term usage in rehabilitation journals. If you are interested in joining the task force, contact the chair, Allan Kozlowski.

    Lauren TerhorstCurriculum Task Force


    CO-CHAIR:  Lauren Terhorst, PhD
    University of Pittsburgh

    Shannon JuengstCO-CHAIR: Shannon Juengst, PhD, CRC
    University of Texas Southwestern

    The transition in the management of care for many rehabilitation clinical populations from an acute medical event to a lifelong, chronic condition presents new measurement challenges related to long-term tracking and community-based assessment.  These challenges include, but are not limited to the source of data (caregiver, clinician, consumer), method of delivery (in person, over the phone, via web or smartphone), consumer health literacy (language fluency, cognitive impairment, clinical jargon), clinical resources (efficiency, cost), and breakdowns during transitions of care (no standardized measures across systems, gap loss).  To address these challenges, this task force will:

    • Identify frequency of and methods for long-term monitoring of individuals with acquired disabilities after discharge from inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation settings.
    • Identify critical gaps in research related to long-term and community-based measurement.
    • Recommend guidelines for evaluating the validity and reliability of measurement tools when used for long-term, repeated assessment and for EMA.
    • Submit results for peer reviewed publication


    Proposed Set of Standard Components for Measurement Education Curricula

    Please download and complete a questionnaire to provide your feedback on the proposed set of standard components for measurement education curricula in both clinical rehabilitation programs and research (PhD) rehabilitation science programs.


    Linda Ehrlich-JonesRehab Measures Database Task Force

    CHAIR: Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

    Last year was the inaugural year for this task force. For 2017, this task force aims to recruit new members, collaborate with allied health graduate programs and have the members write summaries for the database. If you are interested in joining this task force, please reach out to the chair, Linda Ehrlich-Jones.

    Early Career Task Force

    CHAIR: Deepan Kamaraj, MD, MS
    University of Pittsburgh



    Trudy Mallinson


    CHAIR:  Trudy Mallinson, PhD, OTR/L
    George Washington University

    Noelle Carlozzi


    CHAIR-ELECT: Noelle Carlozzi, PhD
    University of Michigan


    Allen Heinemann


    PAST CHAIR:  Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (RP), FACRM
    Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

    Allan Kozlowski


    SECRETARY:  Allan Kozlowski, PhD, BSc (PT)
    Mary FreeBed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids Michigan


    Janet Niemeier


    Carolinas Rehabilitation, Carolinas Medical Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Jan Nordvik


    AWARDS OFFICER: Jan Nordvik, PhD
    Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital/Regional Center for Knowledge Translation



    The Measurement Networking Group is pleased to recognize the top three scientific posters for measurement presented at the 2015 ACRM Annual Conference in the following categories:

    • Measurement Networking Group Early Career Poster Award
    • Measurement Networking Group Measurement in Action Award
    • Measurement Networking Group Advancing the Science of Measurement


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    One of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership is the opportunity to participate in the many interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups.

    Click the JOIN NOW button to learn more or contact Member Services at +1.703.435.5335 for personal assistance.


    Linda Resnik, PT, PhD

    Linda Resnik, PT, PhD


    "The MNG is a great opportunity to meet and work with others who are interested in furthering the science and application of outcome measurement in rehabilitation."




    Rehabmeasures_logo_R3_v1_cpHave you ever searched for an instrument to assess patient performance? With funding from NIDRR, the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Measures of Medical Rehabilitation Outcomes developed the Rehabilitation Measures Database (RMD) to meet these needs.

    RMD is a web-based, searchable database of assessment instruments designed to help clinicians and researchers select appropriate measures for screening, monitoring patient progress, and assessing outcomes in rehabilitation. This database allows clinicians and researchers to search for instruments using a word search or specific characteristics of an instrument, such as area of assessment, diagnosis, length of test and cost. The search function returns relevant results and provides the user with the ability to refine the search.

    The instruments listed in the database are described with specific details regarding their reliability, validity, mode of administration, cost and equipment required. Additionally, information to support the user in interpreting the results, such as minimal detectable change scores, cut-offs and normative values, are included. A sample copy of the instrument is also provided when available.

    More than 55 instruments that can be used to assess individuals with stroke and spinal cord injury are currently indexed in the RMD. The Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research provided funding for development of the website and instrument summaries for stroke, spinal cord injury and brain injury patients.

    Over the next few years, the database will grow substantially to incorporate instruments that assess other diagnoses, including neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.

    Learn how to get involved in this networking group by contacting the chair, Allen Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (RP), FACRM at +1.312.238.2802.


    Member Guide to Product Development
    The Member Guide to Product Development describes ACRM products, e.g., fact sheets, journal articles, manuals, and the procedure used by ACRM groups and committees to develop them. Includes a product development worksheet and a form to request a product review.