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Guest Editorial: Implementing outcome measures- The military physical therapists perspective

Author(s): COL (Ret) Paul D. Stoneman, PhD, MPT, DPT, OCS, SCS | COL (Ret) Rebecca Hooper, PhD, PT | COL (Ret) Charles Scoville, PT, DPT

Journal: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
ISSN 0748-7711

Volume: 50;
Issue: 7;
Start page: xxi;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: JRRD | single topic section | outcome measures | limb loss | patient care program | amputee patient care | armed forces amputee

Outcome measures are a necessary part of rehabilitation. Various methods and measures have been used to assess patient progress and as criteria for discharge from inpatient care, routine outpatient care, and long-term rehabilitation in a variety of patient populations for many years. In the sports medicine setting, outcome measures become especially important in determining when injured athletes are able to return to the playing field. In a military setting, similar to sports medicine, the use of outcome measures is necessary to help determine when the patient is able to return to duty or deploy. In the case of servicemembers with traumatic limb loss, the ultimate goal for many is to return to Active Duty as a "tactical athlete" and member of today's Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard. Determining the functional level and ability to meet the demands they may face is a challenge for the military healthcare system (MHCS) and more specifically for the providers rehabilitating servicemembers with major limb loss.
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