The Outcome Measures section presents common measures in SCI rehabilitation and describes their clinical utility and properties. Clinicians in the field of SCI share a commitment of providing the best interventions at their disposal to maximize successful outcome for their clients. Service providers, governments, funders, and the public are calling for clearer evidence that the resources they expend produce quantifiable benefits for people. Importantly, consumers of services want to know that the programs to which they devote their time really make a difference.
The Outcome Measures section can assist the clinician to select appropriate measures to identify individuals who may benefit from a certain therapy, to monitor progress and evaluate whether treatments are effective, and more generally to help programs improve services. This section reviews and appraises outcome measures that have had their psychometric properties assessed with SCI populations.