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Assessments in Community-Based Care

Whether a person who has sustained a brain injury is returning home from the hospital or from inpatient rehabilitation, they will likely continue outpatient treatment in one form or another. These assessments are used in community-based treatment settings to measure an individual's progress or needs.

Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory (MPAI)

The Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory (MPAI) is an evaluation tool designed to assist in the evaluation of individuals after their release from the hospital and to assist in the evaluation and determination of rehabilitative options to serve these individuals.

Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique (CHART)

The Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique (CHART) provides a simple measure of the degree of impairments or handicaps an individual who has sustained a brain injury may face after their initial rehabilitation. The CHART is made up of 32 questions and covers six domains. The domains are:

  • Physical Independence
  • Cognitive Independence
  • Mobility
  • Occupation
  • Social Integration
  • Economic Self-Sufficiency

The Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique Short Form (CHART-SF) is a simplified measure – consisting of only 19 items – that yields the same scores as the original CHART across the same six domains.

Participation Assessment with Recombined Tools – Objective (PART-O)

The Participation Assessment with Recombined Tools – Objective (PART-O) is an objective measure of participation for persons with moderate-to-severe brain injuries that is designed to represent how they may function at the societal level. The PART-O has 17 items addressing three domains. The domains are:

  • Out and About
  • Productivity
  • Social Relations

The PART-O was developed to examine long-term outcomes in persons with brain injuries, but is also quite effective in gauging the effectiveness of specific interventions and rehabilitative techniques.

Quality of Life (QOL) Scale

The Quality of Life Scale (QOL) is an instrument used by clinicians to measure life satisfaction after injury or illness. The most frequently used QOL scale is the SF-36, a self-report patient questionnaire.

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