Assessment tools: functional health status and patient satisfaction

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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*Activities of Daily Living; Consumer Participation; Decision Making, Organizational; Humans; *Outcome Assessment (Health Care); *Patient Satisfaction; Philadelphia; Rehabilitation; United States


Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research


This article addresses an aspect of outcomes assessment that includes outcomes from the perspective of the patient; namely, functional health status and patient satisfaction. For rehabilitation care they are the only outcomes that can be measured. Measurement tools exist and are being used to quantify the qualitative perspectives of patient care to produce valuable information about the quality and the efficiency of rehab services. The biggest challenge is lack of standardization to allow comparability of data. Different users bring different perspectives to the issue. The researcher, the software developer, the health care facility, and the payer all have an interest in using functional status and patient satisfaction to evaluate outcomes.

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Citation: Am J Med Qual. 1996 Spring;11(1):S50-3.

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American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality

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