National Center for Treatment Effectiveness in Communication Disorders The work of the Task Force on Treatment Outcomes and Cost Effectiveness has been assumed by the National Office through the National Center for Treatment Effectiveness in Communication Disorders. The Center will serve as a focal point for all ASHA sponsored treatment effectiveness efforts and provide leadership to the ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1997
National Center for Treatment Effectiveness in Communication Disorders
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  • Herbert Baum
    Associate Director for Research at the ASHA National Office
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Article   |   May 01, 1997
National Center for Treatment Effectiveness in Communication Disorders
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, May 1997, Vol. 7, 23. doi:10.1044/aas7.2.23
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, May 1997, Vol. 7, 23. doi:10.1044/aas7.2.23
The work of the Task Force on Treatment Outcomes and Cost Effectiveness has been assumed by the National Office through the National Center for Treatment Effectiveness in Communication Disorders. The Center will serve as a focal point for all ASHA sponsored treatment effectiveness efforts and provide leadership to the Association regarding the types of information that are needed and how they are to be utilized.
Data collection of outcomes for speech-language pathology is being done separately for three patient population groups: adults, children from kindergarten to age 18, and children from birth to kindergarten. One of the measures of outcomes is change in functional status as measured by a scale we call the FCM. The FCMs were originally developed by ASHA for the program evaluation system and were meant to only apply to adults. Expert panels were convened to modify the adult scale for the kindergarten to age 18 population and to create scales for the birth to k population. The table below lists the categories of FCMs by population subgroup. For those that are in bold we did not have a sufficient sample size to obtain useful information, nor is it likely that we will be able to prove these scales valid and reliable given the current strategy.
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