Measurement Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group
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The ACRM Measurement Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (M-ISIG) focuses on 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.
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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.
Watch for upcoming M-ISIG Meeting details coming soon!
Seeking subject matter experts to develop common data elements
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) are convening a working group of subject matter experts (clinicians, researchers, patient advocates, allied health professionals) to develop common data elements (CDEs) for rehabilitation research in neurological disorders. The goal is to develop data standards for clinical research in rehabilitation that are a current and useful tool for investigators and their research teams. The M-ISIG is eager to support this effort and invites ACRM members to serve as subject matter experts.
There is a particular need for subject matter experts in comorbid/behavioral conditions (e.g., sleep, pain) and speech language/communication disorders (e.g., deafness, aphasia). Contact Allen Heinemann or Noelle Carlozzi to learn more.
The opportunity to participate in more than 20 specialized interdisciplinary special interest groups (ISIG) and networking groups and to engage in their task forces is one of the most valuable benefits of ACRM membership.
Membership is available at various levels and includes a subscription to the most-cited journal in rehabilitation, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as discounted member pricing on all ACRM products and events.
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Have 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 the 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 the 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.
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.