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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Jan;95(1):197-202. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.09.010. Epub 2013 Sep 26.

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

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  • 1Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Electronic address: jmoore@ric.org.
  • 2Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
  • 3Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Center for Health Care Studies, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

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.

Copyright © 2014 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS:

Allied health occupations; Information dissemination; MCID; MDC; Outcomes assessment (health care); RMD; Rehabilitation; Rehabilitation Measures Database; Translational medical research; minimal clinically important difference; minimal detectable change

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24076083
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