Feasibility of Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes for Inpatient Rehabilitation Quality Reporting

Allen Walter Heinemann*, Anne Deutsch, David Cella, Karon Frances Cook, Linda Foster, Ana Miskovic, Katharine Davis, Arielle Goldsmith

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Objective: To evaluate rehabilitation inpatients’ willingness and ability to complete patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and the burden of completion on patients and staff. Data Sources/Study Setting: Two inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Study Design: Patients with neurological disorders were assigned randomly to receive a nominal monetary incentive during or 1 month after the stay. Data Collection: Patients responded using a tablet computer or paper. Principal Findings: Of the 1,055 admissions, 74 percent were eligible, and 51 percent of eligible patients completed the survey. Most answered without assistance. A majority completed the survey 1 month after discharge; incentive timing was unrelated to postdischarge completion. Half of the 285 follow-up respondents required at least two reminder calls. Conclusions: Collection of PROs from rehabilitation patients is feasible. Results inform policy makers regarding feasibility of PRO data in evaluating rehabilitation quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1834-1850
Number of pages17
JournalHealth Services Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Quality of care/patient safety (measurement)
  • disability
  • patient assessment/satisfaction
  • quality improvement/report cards (interventions)
  • rehabilitation services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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