Clinical Outcomes in Sport and Exercise Physical Therapies

Outcomes management is the process of data collection, analysis and interpretation of the efficiency and effectiveness of patient treatment, with the intent of improving quality of care and lowering health care costs (Dobrzykowski 1997), and is an integral component of the process of care provided by physical therapists (American Physical Therapy Association 2001). Outcomes data can be used to make patient management decisions, assess clinician and organizational performance and to provide evidence for the effectiveness of interventions provided by physical therapists and other rehabilitation specialties. The validity of the inferences made from outcomes data is dependent on the outcome measures themselves and the circumstances under which the data were collected.

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