RCSLT Online Outcome Tool

Therapy Outcome Measures

NEWS

September 2021

Opportunity to join the Outcomes Programme Steering Group: The Outcomes Programme is seeking new members to join the Steering Group. This innovative and ambitious programme of work comprises a number of parallel workstreams, which form key components of the RCSLT strategic plan. To find out more click here.

Long COVID rehabilitation: An adapted TOM scale is being developed for Long COVID rehabilitation, please click here if you are interested in trialling the scale. 

Updated ICD-10 codes and diagnoses: Please see our updated list of frequently used codes, which now includes COVID-19 infection (B34.2) and Long Covid (U09.9). We have noticed inconsistencies in recording ICD-10 codes, which will affect the quality of any analysis that you do. Please ensure that you and your colleagues are recording the SLT diagnosis (e.g. R47.0 Dysphasia/aphasia) under ‘Communication and Swallowing Descriptors’; this is a required field. Any other relevant diagnoses (e.g. I60 Subarachnoid haemorrhage) can be recorded under ‘Medical diagnosis’. This field is optional, as not all patients will have a medical diagnosis. 

New functionality for reporting on open episodes of care: You can now choose to ‘include open episodes’ when using the reports. This option will return a report on change over time between the initial TOMs score and the most recent interim score. We would be keen to hear your feedback on this new development, too.  

Tell us what you think: We are constantly developing and improving ROOT and we are especially keen to know what you think about the new dashboard and widgets. Just click the yellow ‘Leave Feedback’ button at the bottom of any page to send us your comments or suggestions. Or contact us at root@rcslt.org 

Therapy Outcome Measures for Rehabilitation Professionals

Pamela Enderby and Alexandra John

The Therapy Outcome Measure (TOM) allows professionals from many disciplines working in health, social care and education to describe the relative abilities and difficulties of a patient/client in the four domains of impairment, activity, participation and wellbeing in order to monitor changes over time. TOM has been rigorously tested for reliability and clinical validity. It is quick and simple to use, taking just a few minutes to complete, and is used for treatment planning, clinical management, audit and research. It allows for the aggregations of data so that comparisons can be made for the purposes of internal and external benchmarking.

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