Feasibility of Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes for Inpatient Rehabilitation Quality Reporting.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To evaluate rehabilitation inpatients' willingness and ability to complete patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and the burden of completion on patients and staff.

DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING

Two inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

STUDY DESIGN

Patients with neurological disorders were assigned randomly to receive a nominal monetary incentive during or 1 month after the stay.

DATA COLLECTION

Patients responded using a tablet computer or paper.

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS

Of the 1,055 admissions, 74 percent were eligible, and 51 percent of eligible patients completed the survey. Most answered without assistance. A majority completed the survey 1 month after discharge; incentive timing was unrelated to postdischarge completion. Half of the 285 follow-up respondents required at least two reminder calls.

CONCLUSIONS

Collection of PROs from rehabilitation patients is feasible. Results inform policy makers regarding feasibility of PRO data in evaluating rehabilitation quality.

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