Development and use of a knowledge translation tool: The rehabilitation measures database

Jennifer L. Moore*, Jason Raad, Linda Ehrlich-Jones, Allen W. Heinemann

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Abstract

Clinical translation of research evidence is a challenge for rehabilitation clinicians. Publicly accessible and free, online educational resources that summarize research evidence can support implementation of research evidence into practice. Several online resources have been developed recently to overcome common knowledge translation barriers. The Rehabilitation Measures Database (RMD) is a free, web-based searchable database of standardized instruments that was designed to support knowledge translation. It helps clinicians select valid and sensitive instruments for screening patients, monitoring progress, and assessing rehabilitation outcomes. The RMD was developed using feedback from focus groups and beta-test participants. Since its launch in 2011, RMD use has grown to an average of 1851 hits per day from 168 countries. As of September 2013, 202 instrument summaries are viewable in the RMD. Most summaries are linked to copies of the instrument or to purchase instructions. A challenge in updating and expanding the RMD is securing the resources to ensure its future. Collaborative relationships with professional associations and graduate programs in the health sciences are critical in sustaining this resource.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-202
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Volume95
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Allied health occupations
  • Information dissemination
  • Outcomes assessment (health care)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Translational medical research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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