Brain Neurorehabil.  2013 Mar;6(1):17-25. 10.12786/bn.2013.6.1.17.

The Survey of Outcome Measures in Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in Hospitals of Korea

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Korea.


OBJECTIVE: The objective of present study was to identify the rehabilitation outcome measures currently used in Korea. METHOD: The survey was conducted by e-mail questionnaire to 165 department of rehabilitation medicine in hospitals of Korea. Non-responders were sent a second copy of the questionnaire if they did not answer within 1 week. Data from the returned questionnaires were entered into a Microsoft Excel and subjected to descriptive and simple quantitative analysis.
A total of 99 (60%) responses were received. Of these, 95% units collected some outcome assessment measure as part of routine clinical practice. Korean version of Modified Barthel Index (K-MBI) (80%) was the most popular global outcome measures. The Korean version of Berg Balance Scale (K-BBS) (53%) was used most frequently for balance assessment. Upper extremity function was checked with hand grip strength test (70%) and Box and block test (67%) most commonly. Korean version of Mini Mental State Examination (K-MMSE) was the most popular cognitive function test (75%). PARADISE Korean version-Western Aphasia Battery (PARADISE K-WAB) was the most popular language test (67%). Sixty-three (67%) units used outcome results for discussion and goal setting. Seventy-eight (78%) units responded that they would use a standardized outcome measures if there is an agreed standardized outcome measures lists (80%) and support of money and time (43%).
The survey demonstrated that quite widespread use of outcome assessments in routine clinical rehabilitation within Korea. There is also an agreement for need of common 'basket' of recommended instruments for rehabilitation.


department of rehabilitation medicine; Korea; outcome measure; questionnaire
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