Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)
Technology (e.g. robotics, assistive technology, mHealth)
Body of Abstract: Goal setting is crucial in the interdisciplinary rehabilitation of acquired brain injury (ABI), in promoting collaboration within teams, motivating service users and tracking progress (Gauggel & Hoop, 2004; Tucker, 2015). A wealth of literature has examined the importance of setting and regularly reviewing both patient-led and clinical goals within multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs). As a result, crucial processes have been defined that outline the “best-practice” approach, including the assessment of International Classification of Functioning, Health and Disability (ICF), Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS), and the Specific Measurable Achievable Relevant and Timed framework (Lexell & Brogardh, 2015; Turner-Stokes, Williams & Johnson, 2009; Schut & Stam, 1994).
Despite the literature on each of these components individually and collectively, there appears to be sustained confusion and misunderstanding regarding the application of this research to clinical practice (Kucheria, 2019; Prescott, Fleming & Doig, 2015; Plant et al., 2016). Due to time and resource constraints, as well as a lack of interdisciplinary collaboration on a process, goal-setting is often inefficient, inaccurate and poorly tracked.
This instructional course aims to outline the best-practice process for goal-setting in clinical neurorehabilitation practice, resolving confusion around terminology and interdisciplinary collaboration. The course will address barriers to change that can prevent the adoption of new goal-setting practices, and suggest avenues of change. Understanding the difficulty of applying theoretical procedures to clinical practice, the course will also offer an opportunity for operationalising the new skills learned with real-world clinical data.
The course will achieve this through the following topics: