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5.1 – What are outcome measures?

Outcome measures refer to tools, questionnaires, or devices that facilitate the assignment of numbers to related concepts of interest.

Outcome measures can be:

  • "Objective" whereby a rehabilitation provider conducts an assessment of a person's health status (e.g., range of motion as measured by goniometry)
  • "Subjective" (also called "self-report"), whereby a client completes a health questionnaire (e.g., symptom presence and severity as measured by an HIV symptom index).