WebPT Outcomes is the first fully-integrated outcomes tracking software specifically for PTs and OTs. One big way that WebPT Outcomes differs from other rehab therapy outcomes tracking software is the outcome measurement tools (OMTs) our product contains. As WebPT co-founder Heidi Jannenga explained in this founder letter, “historically, therapists haven’t had access to outcomes tracking tools that (1) align with the type of care they provide, including the conditions they typically treat, and (2) produce data that all members of the healthcare community—regardless of specialty—can understand, apply, and appreciate.” These shortcomings end with WebPT Outcomes, though, because we use 12 common OMTs that are relevant to, and used by, all medical professionals—not just rehab therapists.
Below are the 12 OMTs included in WebPT Outcomes as well as a definition for each.
Dizziness Handicap Inventory
Designed to evaluate self-perceived effects of dizziness, this self-assessment is relevant when assessing vestibular and balance vestibular, gait, quality of life, and social relationships. Learn more about this OMT—including information about the populations tested and the standard error of measurement—here.
Oswestry Low Back Pain Questionnaire
Spine Journal deemed this test—also known as the Oswestry Disability Index—the “gold standard” of low back functional outcome tools. Practitioners use the assessment to measure degree of disability and estimate quality of life for patients with low back pain.
Neck Disability Index
A variation of the Oswestry, the Neck Disability Index (NDI) is the most commonly used self-assessment for measuring the severity of neck pain—in other words, how neck pain is affecting a patient’s everyday life. It’s commonly used when evaluating chronic neck pain, cervical radiculopathy, headaches, and whiplash injuries and associated disorders.
According to this resource, the Quick DASH (or Disability of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand) is an abridged version of the DASH Outcome Measure. “Instead of 30 items, the QuickDASH uses 11 items to measure physical function and symptoms in people with any or multiple musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limb.” In the self-assessment, patients with one or more upper extremity musculoskeletal conditions rate functional difficulty and interference with daily life on a five-point Likert scale.
Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS)
In this self-reported questionnaire, patients rate their degree of difficulty in completing or performing everyday tasks. Practitioners commonly use this OMT for lower extremity cases.
Berg Balance Scale
A therapist-reported outcome, the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) is a widely-used clinical test of a person's static and dynamic balance abilities. Physical therapists and occupational therapists use the BBS to determine the functional mobility of an individual. Named after developer Katherine Berg, it’s considered the gold standard for predicting fall risk.
Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory
The Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI) is a patient-reported survey that measures how much pelvic floor symptoms affect the health-related quality of life of the woman filling it out. There are three subsections that ask questions about urinary distress, colorectal-anal distress, and pelvic organ prolapse distress.
Foot and Ankle Ability Measure - Sports Subscale
The Foot and Ankle Ability Measure (FAAM) is a patient-reported survey that measures the impact on physical function for individuals with lower leg, ankle, or foot problems. The instrument consists of two surveys that are scored separately: the Activities of Daily Living Subscale and the Sports Subscale. The Sports Subscale is specific to individuals for whom lower leg, ankle, and foot problems interfere with athletic pursuits.
Bates-Jensen Wound Assessment
The Bates-Jensen Wound Assessment tool (BWAT) is a standardized, therapist-reported instrument for tracking wound healing in individuals with pressure ulcers. Therapists should perform this assessment weekly to measure progress in response to treatment of the wounds.
Hip Disability and Osteoarthritis Outcomes Score
The Hip Disability and Osteoarthritis Outcomes Score (HOOS) is patient-reported questionnaire that measures the impact of hip problems—with or without osteoarthritis—on an individual’s pain, symptoms, activities of daily living, sports/recreation, and quality of life. Therapists commonly use this assessment with individuals in need of total hip arthroplasty.
Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcomes Score
The Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcomes Score (KOOS) is patient-reported questionnaire that measures the impact of knee problems—with or without osteoarthritis—on an individual’s pain, symptoms, activities of daily living, sports/recreation, and quality of life. Therapists commonly use this assessment with individuals in need of total knee arthroplasty.
Lymphedema Life Impact Scale
The Lymphedema Life Impact Scale (LLIS) measures relevant physical, functional, and psychosocial concerns for patients with lymphedema in any extremity.
These OMTs probably aren’t new to you. In fact, you most likely are using them regularly with your patients. That’s a lot of assessments you’re completing—and a lot of data you’re storing in WebPT. Wouldn’t you love to see what all that data means? More importantly, wouldn’t you love to use this valuable information to your advantage? That’s where WebPT Outcomes comes into play. Need more information on outcomes tracking in general? Check out our upcoming webinar, Is PT Valuable? Why Outcomes Data is the Proof We Need.