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From The CriticsReviewer: Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This book addresses an important and timely topic: functional assessment and outcome measurement in medical rehabilitation. It provides an all-in-one summary of functional assessment in rehabilitation, methodological issues in measuring functional status and other rehabilitation outcomes, and a review of various measures. It includes contributions on the environment as a mediating factor in functional assessment, discusses a functional approach to psychological and psychosocial measurement, and presents technological factors and their use in rehabilitation assessment.
Purpose: The editors intend this text to serve as a time-saver for users of functional assessment and evaluation instruments by providing the information needed to evaluate and select appropriate instruments.
Audience: The book is intended for a broad audience of health service students, rehabilitation service providers, and researchers who need information on functional assessment.
Features: The book features eight chapters, including chapters on the theoretical, psychometric, and pragmatic aspects of measuring function in diverse settings and across populations served in medical rehabilitation settings. Two lengthy appendixes describe and display selected functional assessment and rehabilitation outcome measures as well as additional resources on functional assessment information. Behavioral objectives are listed for each chapter. The table of contents and organization should make it easy for users to quickly find the specific information they need.
Assessment: The intended audience is apt to find this to be a uniquely valuable resource. The authors of the various chapters have provided information in a scholarly yet accessible style. They provide a nice balance of topics, all of which are relevant to the various audiences. The authors of the individual chapters and the editors are to be commended for providing a timely, thorough, and well-written contribution that enhances measurement of functional status and evaluation of rehabilitation outcomes.