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Course Description

Outcomes Measurement and Assessment

 

This course introduces qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for measuring research outcomes of occupational therapy intervention and occupational science. Students will demonstrate understanding of scientific inquiry, including research design, methodologies, ethical issues, informed consent, minimizing bias, and statistical analyses. To measure outcomes of programs and therapeutic interventions, students will select the most appropriate methods and systematically assess context’ influence on outcomes. This course will also delineate the processes of continuous quality improvement and associated metrics.

 

Purpose:

This course introduces students to the qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for measuring research outcomes.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:

  • Compare and contrast program evaluation and quality improvement research.
  • Analyze the importance of program evaluation in OT practice.
  • Evaluate outcome measures and interpret use in outcomes research.
  • Evaluate current evidence of OT outcomes.
  • Critique and analyze outcome research designs.
  • Evaluate current outcome measures and identify gaps in current measures.
  • Compare and contrast quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Design a program evaluation research proposal.