Speech and language therapy services have undergone substantial changes in the last year. As a result of the considerable number of other demands on their time, it is likely that
SLTs have faced additional challenges with collecting and utilising data.
However, given the increasing concerns about access to services and outcomes as a consequence of the disruption, data is, and will continue to be, critical to inform decision making,
identify risks and monitor the impact of the pandemic. Data from the ROOT is already being used in this way. As exemplified in
this article, reviewing the data in the ROOT can help to demonstrate the impact of change, both the
positive and negative consequences.
To support speech and language therapy services with collecting and analysing meaningful outcomes data, there are a number of
that have been added to the ROOT and can be activated for use by services who wish to use them. These new fields include one to capture the ‘method of service delivery’,
which can be used to record whether interventions were delivered remotely, face to face or a combination of the two. This has been added to assist with evaluating the
outcomes of interventions delivered via different methods. Please do contact us for more information about this.
We would like to thank everyone who has continued to contribute data to the ROOT over the last 12 months. We appreciate that we are still in challenging times, but would
encourage services to continue to collect this really valuable data.
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.