17. Assessment of Outcomes

Katherine Salter BA, Robert Teasell MD, Travis Goettl BHSc, Amanda McIntyre MSc, Denise Johnson PT, Jeff Jutai PhD

Chapter 17 Abbreviations

The following chapter is a review of measurement tools used to assess individuals after a brain injury. The list of tools appearing here was derived by a consensus of experts working on the Evidence-Based Review of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) literature.

The tools were chosen based on a 3-step process. The first was the development of an inventory of current outcome measures based on both the literature and discussions held with rehabilitation team members who actually use the tools. The second was a consensus agreement among a panel of experts as to which tools are most important. Finally, there had to be sufficient research on the outcome measure in ABI populations to allow a meaningful analysis of the psychometric qualities of the tools. Those outcome measures that made it through this process were selected for review. An exhaustive list of outcome tools is not listed here as there are over 700 measures related to function following TBI (Tate et al. 2013).

Selected Tools for Assessment of Outcome in ABI/TBI

Agitated Behavior Scale

Berg Balance Scale

Community Balance & Mobility Scale

Community Integration Questionnaire

Disability Rating Scale

Fatigue Severity Scale

Functional Independence Measure

Functional Assessment Measure

Galveston Orientation and Amnesia Test

Glasgow Coma Scale

Glasgow Outcome Scale

Hamilton Anxiety and Depression Scale

Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory

Medical Outcomes Study SF-36

Mini Mental State Evaluation

Neurobehavioural Functioning Inventory

Rancho Los Amigos Level of Cognitive Functioning

Satisfaction With Life Scale

Quality of Life After TBI