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Implementation Assessment Task Force


To learn more about the work of this task force and opportunities to participate, please contact the task force chair.



  • Analyze who is downloading the manual and for what purposes
  • Acquire feedback from those who have downloaded the manual or are trying to use the RTSS
  • Facilitate communication between those who have downloaded the manual or are attempting to use the RTSS for similar purposes (e.g., clinical, educational, and/or research uses)
  • Synthesize RTSS user feedback to suggest the development of tools to enhance application of the RTSS


Seeking new Chair/Co-Chair


Jeremy Wolfberg, MS, CF-SLP

Jeremy Wolfberg, MS, CF-SLP


Adult Voice Speech-Language Pathology Clinical Fellow, UW Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison Voice and Swallow Clinic



Implementation Assessment Manuscript

Just accepted at Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Title: Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System: Identifying barriers, facilitators, and strategies for implementation in research, education, and clinical care

Authors: Jarrad H. Van Stan, PhD, CCC-SLP, Jain Holmes, PhD, Dip COT, Lauren Wengerd, PhD, OTR/L, Lisa A. Juckett, PhD, OTR/L, CHT, John Whyte, MD, PhD, Shanti M. Pinto, MD, Leanna W. Katz, OTD, OTR/L, Jeremy Wolfberg, MS, CF-SLP

Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; Massachusetts General Hospital; Boston, MA; MGH Institute of Health Professionals, Charlestown, MA; University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute Elkins Park, PA; University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX; Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA; Boston University, Boston, MA

Manual for Rehabilitation Treatment Specification Downloads

Thank you to Jeremy Wolfberg for the following data…

  • 937 rehab professionals have downloaded the Manual since 6/2018
  • Multiple disciplines have shown interest for multiple reasons
Disciplines Reason For Download
SLP = 322 Clinical Care = 301
OT = 205 Research = 188
PT = 164 Education = 206
Physicians = 116 Explore = 242
Psychology = 101  
Other (Rec, RN, Researchers) = 29  


Currently working on analyzing data about how RTSS users learned about the RTSS and what they are planning to use it for.


  1. Analyze who is downloading the Manual and for what purposes.
    • 408 rehab professional have downloaded the Manual since 6/2018:
      • Interest in the Manual appears to be increasing
      • 52 people in 2018 *only available for 6 months*
      • 177 people in 2019
      • 179 people thus far in 2020 (projected to be ~220 people based on past years)
    • Multiple disciplines have shown interest for multiple reasons
      • Disciplines:
        • SLP = 114
        • OT = 97
        • Physicians = 64
        • PT = 58
        • Psychology = 46
        • Other (Rec, RN, Researchers) = 29
      • Primary reason for download:
        • Clinical Care = 126
        • Research = 109
        • Education = 84
        • Explore = 89
  2. Aquire information on attempts to understand and/or use the RTSS.
    • Conducted an online survey mainly about the usefulness of the Manual
      • Sent 3 rounds of emails to 169 downloaders between 1/1/2020 and 3/15/2020
        • Received 38 responses
        • There were 3 main barriers reported
          1. A lot of content to learn and synthesize together
          2. It is difficult to apply the concepts and content
          3. It is difficult to get researcher and clinician buy-in to spend the time/effort adopting the RTSS
        • Addressing the barriers
          1. These feel more like “Skills and Habits” difficulties, not “Representations” difficulties
          2. Need to develop tools that help apply the RTSS and concretely show it’s benefits
  3. Acquire information on the benefits, barriers, and facilitators for applying the RTSS in research, clinic, and education: