Outcome measures for treatment providers

Progress achieved due to intervention is a critical factor the Insurer considers when determining whether further treatment is reasonable to fund. The use of outcome measures assists in objectively assessing whether a person is making measurable and durable progress. Outcome measure/s chosen should be valid, reliable, sensitive and relevant to your client’s goals.

The following are examples of outcome measures that you may consider using:

The Neck Disability Index (NDI)

The Neck Disability Index (NDI) is designed to give information as to how neck pain has affected a person’s ability to manage everyday life. The result can be expressed as a percentage or as a raw score (out of 50). NDI developed by: Vernon, H & Mior, S. (1991). The Neck Disability Index: A study of reliability and validity. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 1991; 14: 409-415.

The Patient Specific Functional Scale

The Patient Specific Functional Scale (PSFS) asks the patient to specify three important activities they are unable to do or have difficulty with as a result of their condition. They are required to rate their ability to perform each activity on a scale of 0-10. Startford P., Gill, C., Westaway, M.,& Binkley, J. (1995). Assessing disability and change on individual patients: a report of a specific measure. Physiotherapy Canada, 47, 258-263.

Oswestry Disability Questionnaire (ODQ)

The Oswestry Disability Questionnaire (ODQ) has been designed to assess pain-related disability in persons with low back pain. * Free access is limited to clinical practice and non-funded academic research. For funded or commercial research please access the user agreement at http://www.proqolid.org/

Last modified 21 July 2016