RCSLT Online Outcome Tool

Therapy Outcome Measures


December 2023

ROOT reports: We're pleased to let you know that we've made an update to the ROOT, which means that the reports are now available within five minutes of submitting your data (rather than the following day).

New training resources: Take a look at two new training videos, designed to assist you with customising your ROOT dashboard and running reports.

TOMs scales in development: Professor Pam Enderby and Dr Alex John are planning an update to the Therapy Outcome Measure User Guide, which was last updated in 2019. As part of this, they are keen to hear from anyone who has modified an existing TOMs scale, or developed a new one, so that these can be considered for inclusion in the next book. If a scale you are working with is not on this list, please contact us. Please also get in touch if you would like more information about getting involved in the development of new patient reported outcome measure to sit alongside the TOM.

ROOT drop-in: Don't forget, we hold monthly virtual drop-in sessions where you can ask the RCSLT team questions and link in with other users. Our next session is Monday 11 December 1pm-2pm. Join the meeting here.

Making the most of your ROOT data: it pays to make sure your data is accurate, up-to-date and as complete as possible. Why not take a look at this Bulletin article and this short video on the subject of data quality.

Tell us what you think: We are always keen to know what you think about how the ROOT is working for you. Just click the yellow ‘Leave Feedback’ button at the bottom of any page to send us your comments. Or contact us at root@rcslt.org

About the RCSLT Online Outcome Tool (ROOT)

The ROOT supports speech and language therapists (SLTs) with collecting and collating Therapy Outcome Measures (TOMs) (Enderby and John, 2015; 2019) and generating reports. The reports generated by the ROOT can be used by SLTs to inform clinical decision-making, drive quality improvement and demonstrate the impact of speech and language therapy. More information is provided below, or you can contact 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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