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May Forms Spotlight - Outcomes Assessment (OATS)

Updated: May 20



The healthcare and legal systems are moving into an era of assessment and accountability. The emerging tools for measuring the effectiveness of patient treatment procedures are Outcome Assessment forms.


As the trend for evidence-based health care takes hold, Outcome Assessments are becoming increasingly important for Chiropractors.


These assessment tools offer a statement of both subjective and objective data. They will assist you in establishing the validity, responsiveness, and efficacy of treatment!


If you are not already utilizing these fundamental, widely recognized assessment tools there are a growing number of reasons why you should be!


1) Outcomes are a vital tool when you need to;

2) Outcomes are great "objective measures to evaluate treatment effectiveness" (a Medicare requirement)


3) Outcomes are one of the "4 Time-Tested Patient Tools" for Excellent Personal Injury Documentation


4) One of the absolute BEST, and easiest, ways to show an improvement in function is by utilizing outcome assessment questionnaires. Outcome assessment questionnaires are ideal because they address how the patient's condition is affecting the performance of activities of daily living such as sitting, standing, driving, etc. This can be tracked over the course of treatment at each re-examination and will clearly outline the patient’s FUNCTIONAL progress (or lack of).


5) Document Plus makes using Functional Outcomes WAY TOO EASY! (Once scanned into Document Plus, the Outcome Assessment Questionnaires are automatically SCORED and become part of your patient records and reports.)


AVAILABLE OUTCOME ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRES:


Health Status Questionnaire - This questionnaire, established by the Health

Outcomes Institute, is a measure of overall functional status, well-being, and

risk of depression for adults. The form measures eight specific health

attributes grouped under three major health dimensions (Functional Status,

Well-being, and Overall Evaluation of Health). The Health Status

Questionnaire should be incorporated as part of the routine initial exam on

each new patient.


Neck Pain Disability Index Questionnaire – This questionnaire is designed to

measure interference in the activities of daily living in persons suffering from

neck pain. The average patient will be able to complete it in five to ten

minutes.


Roland-Morris Acute Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire - This form is

designed to be a simple and accurate measure of assessing back pain and

disability in patients with a completion time of approximately five minutes.


Revised Oswestry Chronic Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire - This is a

self-administered subjective questionnaire that quantifies the degree of

functional impairment of individuals with low back pain. The Oswestry is a

well-known outcome measure used in evaluating the effectiveness of

treatment protocols. It can also be used for screening and treatment planning.

The amount of time required to complete this form is minimal.

 

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