Clinician adherence to a standardized assessment battery across settings and disciplines in a poststroke rehabilitation population

Marghuretta D. Bland, Audra Sturmoski, Michelle Whitson, Hilary Harris, Lisa Tabor Connor, Robert Fucetola, Jeff Edmiaston, Thy Huskey, Alexandre Carter, Marian Kramper, Maurizio Corbetta, Catherine E. Lang

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Objectives: (1) To examine clinician adherence to a standardized assessment battery across settings (acute hospital, inpatient rehabilitation facilities [IRFs], outpatient facility), professional disciplines (physical therapy [PT], occupational therapy, speech-language pathology), and time of assessment (admission, discharge/monthly), and (2) to evaluate how specific implementation events affected adherence. Design: Retrospective cohort study. Setting: Acute hospital, IRF, and outpatient facility with approximately 118 clinicians (physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists). Participants: Participants (N=2194) with stroke who were admitted to at least 1 of the above settings. All persons with stroke underwent standardized clinical assessments. Interventions: Not applicable. Main Outcome Measures: Adherence to Brain Recovery Core assessment battery across settings, professional disciplines, and time. Visual inspections of 17 months of time-series data were conducted to see if the events (eg, staff meetings) increased adherence ≥5% and if so, how long the increase lasted. Results: Median adherence ranged from.52 to.88 across all settings and professional disciplines. Both the acute hospital and the IRF had higher adherence than the outpatient setting (P≤.001), with PT having the highest adherence across all 3 disciplines (P<.004). Of the 25 events conducted across the 17-month period to improve adherence, 10 (40%) resulted in a ≥5% increase in adherence the following month, with 6 services (60%) maintaining their increased level of adherence for at least 1 additional month. Conclusions: Actual adherence to a standardized assessment battery in clinical practice varied across settings, disciplines, and time. Specific events increased adherence 40% of the time with those gains maintained for >1 month 60% of the time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1048-1053.e1
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • Outcome assessment (health care)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke


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