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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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    Congratulations to Newly-Elected Leadership

    The Nominating Committee of the ACRM Measurement Networking Group (MNG) is pleased to announce the following newly-elected officers.


    CHAIR-ELECT:  Allan Kozlowski, PhD, BSc (PT)

    Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
    Director of Outcomes Research, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

    Allan Kozlowski previously worked as a physical therapist and rehabilitation manager in the workplace disability arena, and is now a researcher with a focus on longitudinal modeling of rehabilitations outcomes. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1991, and his PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2010, both from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

    Dr. Kozlowski is an assistant professor at Michigan State University, and Director of Outcomes Research at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. He has been a member of ACRM and the Measurement Networking Group since 2011, was MNG Secretary from 2014-15, and is Chair of the new MNG Terminology Task Force. Allan is an author on 16 papers; has presented instructional courses, symposia, and podium presentations at ACRM conferences; and has instructed and developed graduate level courses on measurement topics.

    Dr. Kozlowski is invested in the vision of the MNG to promote state-of-the-art measurement theory and practice in rehabilitation, and in facilitating growth of the MNG as the premier resource on measurement issues within ACRM and throughout the international rehabilitation community.


    Linda Ehrlich-JonesSECRETARY:  Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN

    Assistant Director, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
    Research Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

    Dr. Linda Ehrlich-Jones has worked as a nurse for over 37 years with a clinical focus of arthritis and rheumatic diseases of adults. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Knox College and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rush University in Chicago, her Masters of Science in Nursing from Loyola University in Chicago and her PhD in Nursing Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Currently, Dr. Ehrlich-Jones is the Assistant Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) and a Research Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She has been with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (RIC) since 2004. In 2008, Linda became a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and joined the Measurement Networking Group. She initiated the Rehabilitation Measures Database Task Force in 2016. Linda has held numerous volunteer leadership positions throughout her career including:

    • President, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP)
    • Annual Meeting Program Subcommittee Chair, ARHP
    • Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Women’s Faculty Organization Chair
    • Vice President, Beta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
    • Patient & Community Services Committee, Chair, for the Heartland Region of the Arthritis Foundation

    In 2014, Linda was awarded the Addie Thomas Service Award from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals for her many years of service to patients with arthritis and the professionals who care for them.

    As Secretary of the Measurement Networking Group, I will strive to maintain accurate, timely, and accessible accounts of meetings of the Executive Committee and assist the other members of the Executive Committee to keep the meetings on time and task.


    Janet NiemeierCOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER:  Janet Niemeier, PhD, ABPP (RP), OPR

    Professor & Senior Director of Research
    Carolinas Rehabilitation & Carolinas Medical Center

    I joined the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s (ACRM) Measurement Networking Group (MNG) several years ago, drawn by member expertise and collegiality as well as Group foci that I view as cross-cutting and essential to advancing rehabilitation science in multiple domains.  I was honored when asked to become Communications Officer. With the support of our MNG leaders and members, I have enjoyed developing and launching Pre-to-Post, MNG’s first biannual newsletter, and using our great ACRM organizational Communications resources to let the research community know of the MNG’s generative accomplishments.  I am honored again to be asked to serve as Communications Officer for MNG.  Under the leadership of Drs. Heinemann and Malinson, I have seen the MNG grow with close to ten productive Task Forces, a solid Vision, and an impressive Conference presentation presence.  I very much appreciate the opportunity and I'm proud to continue to serve as Communications Officer within the ACRM MNG Executive Committee.


    ACRM Call for Proposals

     2018 Call for Measurement Proposals

    The Program Committee invites proposals focused on research evidence and its translation into clinical practice for presentation at the ACRM 2018 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas. To propose measurement topics or lead a presentation team, please contact the Measurement Chair.

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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

    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.

    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

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


    Allen Heinemann


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

    Linda Ehrlich-Jones


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

    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 2017 ACRM Annual Conference in the following categories:


    Shannon JuengstEarly Career Poster Award

    Variability in Emotional Symptoms and Fatigue Measured via Mobile Ecological Momentary Assessment after TBI
    Shannon Juengst

    Ying-Chih Wang

    Measurement in Action Award

    Hand Grip Strength: A Population-based Study of Norms and Age Trajectories for 18- to 85-Year-Olds
    Ying-Chih Wang

    Lauren Terhorst

    Advancing the Science of Measurement

    Development of a Standard Set of Components for Measurement Curricula
    Lauren Terhorst


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    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.


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