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  • New Measure for Customers: Patient-Specific Functional Scale

    Posted on October 2nd, 2017

    Use this validated tool as a platform for shared decision making and patient engagement

    What is the Patient-Specific Functional Scale (PSFS)?

    Your patient or client provides one to three goals of their own, which are quantified so they can be measured over time. By starting with the patients’ goals in their own words, you can jump right in to shared decision making and set specific functional goals.

    When included in a patient assessment, this one-page questionnaire is the first thing a patient will see after logging into their kiosk session. Patients may specify one to three activities that they are unable to do or are having difficulty performing because of their injury or area of dysfunction.

    The PSFS will be available for all CareConnections users to access beginning October 9, 2017.

    When Should I Use the PSFS?

    The PSFS can be used with any of your patients, but we recommend it specifically for high-functioning patients and for those clinics using the AM-PAC global functional measure.

    With high-functioning patients, it can be especially useful to identify issues the patient is struggling with that do not impact global function in daily activities (e.g. patient wants to run marathon or participate at a higher level in another physical activity). This makes PSFS a great addition, since many other outcome measures do not show significant functional change for patients with no global functioning deficits.

    Clinics currently piloting the AM-PAC functional measure will get the PSFS automatically queued as part of every patient's evaluation, interim, and discharge assessments. 

    For more information on the PSFS, please refer to the following article:  Stratford, P., et al. (1995). "Assessing disability and change on individual patients: a report of a patient specific measure." Physiotherapy Canada 47(4): 258-263.