"This book provides a comprehensive guide to the background, rationale and utilization of assessment and outcome measurement. It justifies the importance of taking a robust approach towards outcome measurement, and contains sections on validity, reliability and the often–overlooked aspect of clinical utility." ( Physiotherapy Journal , March 2010) "...this is one book that I bought for myself as soon as it was published." ( British Journal of Occupational Therapy , February 2008) "This is a useful textbook for occupational therapists and physiotherapists or those studying to become one." ( Occupational Health, March 2008)
"This is a useful textbook for occupational therapists and physiotherapists or those studying to become one." ( Occupational Health, March 2008)
From the Back Cover
Principles of Assessment for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists aims to provide a comprehensive text on assessment, evaluation and outcome measurement for occupational therapy and physiotherapy students, therapists, managers and educators. The purpose of this book is to enable students of occupational therapy and physiotherapy, as well as qualified physiotherapists and occupational therapists, to understand the complex art and science of assessment processes, to be familiar with psychometric terms and able to identify the properties of tests in order to select and confidently implement the use of appropriate standardised tests and outcome measures in their clinical practice and research. Chapters focus on the following key features: The importance of accurate assessment Methods of assessment (informal versus standardised, self–report, proxy and observational) Purposes of assessment (descriptive, discriminative, predictive and evaluative) and timing assessments (initial, baseline, monitoring and outcome) Standardisation, definitions of psychometric terms and administering standardised tests Levels of measurement (nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio) How models for describing levels of function can help plan an assessment approach Clinical reasoning Test critique, analysing your current assessment process and how to implement the optimum assessment approach The book explores the core principles that underpin effective and efficient therapy assessment processes across a wide range of diagnoses, age groups and practice settings. Examples of standardised tests along with case vignettes and case histories are used to help the reader apply these principles to their practice.