The RCSLT has developed a dataset to support the speech and language therapy profession with capturing data on the management of patients with confirmed and suspected COVID-19. This data will help us to understand the impact on patients and those that care for them, be that in an acute, clinic or community setting.
Speech and language therapy teams/services interested in using this dataset may do so by using one of the following two options:
A guidance document has been developed, containing more information about the two data collection methods, along with a detailed set of definitions that accompany the dataset. Download the document here.
Please note that both the dataset and accompanying guidance are likely to change over time in response to feedback. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is recognised that this is an extensive dataset, and it is not necessary for services to collect all of the suggested data fields. Locally, you may wish to identify which are most relevant to your local needs. More information about this is available in the guidance document.
The newly developed condition-specific TOMs scales published in the Therapy Outcome Measure User Guide (Enderby & John, 2019) are now available on the ROOT. This includes scales for selective mutism, acquired dyspraxia of speech and cognitive communication disorder.
It is possible to record outcomes using all 21 of the new scales on the ROOT, but please be aware that it is not yet possible to generate reports for data collected using the following scales:
If you currently using any of these four TOMs scales, we would be interested in hearing from you.
Please contact ROOT@rcslt.org
You will also notice some other changes, including changes to the reports and new end of
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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.