Functional outcomes

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Measurement of functional outcome following injuries is a central tool in the assessment of the human and economic costs of injury, as well as the development and evaluation of programs and policies to improve outcomes following injury. A well-designed outcome measurement plan improves the quality of injury control research, minimizes study participant burden, and maximizes opportunities for future secondary data analyses. However, a key challenge in the development of a study measurement plan is the identification of appropriate, practical, well-validated measures. In this chapter, we review the major theoretical and practical issues in choosing functional outcome measures. Any discussion of the measurement of functional outcomes must include a review of the International Classification of Function (ICF), which has been created to provide a universal language for disability research. Using this framework, this chapter reviews the concepts of validity, reliability, and responsiveness for the measurement of impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions following injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInjury Research
Subtitle of host publicationTheories, Methods, and Approaches
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781461415992
ISBN (Print)9781461415985
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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