The Importance of Outcome Data in Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Authors

  • Barbara A. Di Donato MEd,

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    • Barbara Di Donato is the director of vocational services and Vicki Schaffer is the director of staff training at ReMed Recovery Care Centers in Conshohocken, PA.

  • Vicki L. Schaffer MSW

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    • Barbara Di Donato is the director of vocational services and Vicki Schaffer is the director of staff training at ReMed Recovery Care Centers in Conshohocken, PA.


ReMed Recovery Care Centers, 625 Ridge Pike, Suite C-102, Conshohocken, PA 19428

Abstract

Rehabilitation nurses, rehabilitation clients and their families, and healthcare funders easily can obtain brochures about or tours of agencies that provide rehabilitation services to people with brain injuries. Less accessible are outcome data from these agencies, data that should be as readily available as the tours and the brochures—and that reveal far more about the agencies. In this article, the authors describe the system developed by a private, comprehensive postacute service provider for collecting, analyzing, and using the outcome data of its discharged clients. The importance of outcome data for funders, families, and facilities is stressed, and the article provides examples of how to use the data for decision making and program development.

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