Development of an outcome measurement system for service planning for children and youth with special needs.
Bottom Line: The study reports the results of several parent-completed measures, which would be useful in service planning as well as the acceptability and utility of these measures for use by families and service centres.Development of a theoretical framework, consultation with key stakeholders, testing the utility of selected outcome measures and initial dissemination of results were critical elements in the successful development of an outcome system.The findings from this study can be used to implement an outcome measurement system for children with special needs and may serve as a resource for international researchers who are working to develop valid tools as well as outcome systems that are useful for system planning.
Affiliation: Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.Show MeSH
Mentions: The bars on Figs 4 and 5 reflect the percentage of families who identified each service as a need. The designs within each bar reflect how much service the families perceive they are receiving (no service, some, but not enough service, or enough service). The five services perceived to be most needed for children/youth were: speech and language therapy (72%), physical and occupational therapy (72%), health services (47%), special education (44%) and use of adaptive equipment (39%) (Fig. 4).