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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.

MISSION

Members aspire to produce and synthesize evidence of psychometrically advanced and improved measurement that enhances patient care and influences healthcare policy. We seek to promote the development and application of high quality instruments that are used to improve patient care, healthcare delivery, and public health. We seek to build the capacity of rehabilitation providers to select, use, and interpret outcome measures to inform evidence-based practice and policy.

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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Noelle CarlozziCHAIR: Noelle Carlozzi, PhD
Director, Associate Professor, Center of Clinical Outcomes Development and Application (CODA), Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
University of Michigan
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Trudy MallinsonPAST CHAIR:  Trudy Mallinson, PhD, OTR/L
Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
George Washington University
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CHAIR-ELECT:  Allan Kozlowski, PhD, BSc (PT)
Assistant Professor
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital and
Michigan State University

 

 

Linda Ehrlich-JonesSECRETARY:  CHAIR: Linda Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN
Clinical Research Scientist
Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
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Janet NiemeierCOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER: Janet P. Niemeier, PhD, ABPP (RP)
Director, John F. Butzer Center for Research and Innovation, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
University of Michigan and Michigan State University
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Jan Nordvik

AWARDS OFFICER: Jan Nordvik, PhD
Psychologist
Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital/Regional Center for Knowledge Translation
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EARLY CAREER NETWORKING GROUP LIAISON: Open Position

To learn more or volunteer to serve in this leadership position, please contact MNG Chair, Noelle Carlozzi, PhD.


CALL FOR LATE-BREAKING RESEARCH

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MNG 2017 POSTER AWARDS

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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
First author: 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
First author: Ying-Chih Wang

 

Lauren Terhorst

Advancing the Science of Measurement

Development of a Standard Set of Components for Measurement Curricula
First author: Lauren Terhorst

 


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MNG TASK FORCES

 

Applied Cognition Task Force

 

Patricia HeynCO-CHAIR: Patricia Heyn, PhD, FACRM
Associate Professor
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Sandra KletzelCO-CHAIR: Sandra Kletzel, PhD
Research Health Scientist
Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
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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

 

 Biometrics & Biomarkers Task Force

 

Janet Niemeier

CHAIR:  Janet P. Niemeier, PhD, ABPP (RP) or jpniemeier@gmail.com
Director, John F. Butzer Center for Research and Innovation, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
University of Michigan and Michigan State University
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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, PhD, BSc (PT)
Assistant Professor
Mary FreeBed Rehabilitation Hospital
Michigan State University

 

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.

 

Curriculum Task Force

 

Lauren TerhorstCO-CHAIR:  Lauren Terhorst, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh
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Shannon JuengstCO-CHAIR: Shannon Juengst, PhD, CRC
Assistant Professor
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
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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

 

Rehab Measures Database Task Force

Allen HeinemannCHAIR:  Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (RP), FACRM
Professor, Northwestern University
Co-Editor-in-Chief, ACRM Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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2016 was the inaugural year for this task force. For 2018, 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, Allen Heinemann.

 

Early Career Task Force

Deepan KamarajCHAIR: Deepan Kamaraj, MD, MS
Research Associate, Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA 
Pittsburgh Healthcare System
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This task force was formed to provide early career professionals with particular interest in outcome measures a platform to collaborate and work alongside the leaders in the field. To highlight the contributions of the early career professionals, the task force has started a yearly early career symposium as a part of the ACRM’s annual conference. This symposium will invite three early career award winners, selected from the poster submissions reflecting cutting-edge research that are being conducted with specific focus on outcomes and measurement to present their work as podium presentations. To learn more about the task force and get involved, please contact the chair.

 

Long-Term Community Measurement Task Force

Shannon JuengstCHAIR: Shannon Juengst, PhD, CRC
Assistant Professor
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
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The Long-Term Community Measurement Task Force focuses on improving long-term monitoring of community-dwelling individuals with acquired disabilities, through:

  1. Identification of the best methods and measures for long-term monitoring
  2. Improving the evaluation of validity and reliability of measurement tools used for long-term, repeated assessment
  3. Revealing critical gaps in research related to community-based measurement.

We are currently working on a project assessing current practice in rehabilitation for monitoring mental health and will be starting a new project in 2018 focused on the use of Ecological Momentary Assessment for community-based measurement in rehabilitation populations. Please contact the chair for more details and get involved!

 


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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.”

 

 


REHABILITATION MEASURES DATABASE

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.

 


MNG RESOURCES

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.