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Bloorview Research Institute - Outcome Measures

Scientists in the Bloorview Research Institute develop outcome measures to evaluate interventions.


FOCUS© Outcome Measure

Focus on the Outcomes of Communication Under Six (FOCUS©) is a clinical tool designed to evaluate change in communicative-participation in preschool children. ‘Communicative participation’ is the child’s communication and interaction in “real world” situations at home, school, or in the community.

Learn more about the Outcome Measure.

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Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Scale (ISVS)

The Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Scale (ISVS) is a self-report measure of willingness to work in interprofessional relationships in teams with clients. The 21-item Interprofessional Socialization and Valuing Scale (ISVS-21) is a refined measure (from a previously published 24-item measure) that can be used with both practitioners and students. Two equivalent 9-item forms (ISVS-9A and ISVS-9B) can be used for pre-post study to assess change in interprofessional socialization after interprofessional education.

Learn more about ISVS.


Hypertonia Assessment Tool (HAT)

The Hypertonia Assessment Tool (HAT) is a research and clinical guide for grading the severity of hypertonia in the paediatric population.   The HAT can be used in research to improve the ability of researchers and clinicians to interpret the results of the study. Clinically, a discriminative measure helps cliniciansmanage the specific type(s) of hypertonia present to improve treatmentoutcomes.

Learn more about the HAT.

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Quality FM

The Quality Function Measure (Quality FM or QFM) is a clinical and research tool designed to evaluate quality of movement in standing and walking skills in school-aged children and youth who have cerebral palsy (CP). It was built as a companion measure for the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM).

Learn more about the Quality FM.


Challenge for the GMFM

The Challenge is a dynamic assessment of advanced motor skills. It was designed to extend upon the foundation skills of the  quality Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM-66) and be used with children with cerebral palsy who are aged 6 years and up, ambulatory without devices (i.e., in GMFCS Level I or II).

Learn more about the Challenge Module for the GMFM.


Self-reported Experiences of Activity Settings (SEAS)

The Self-reported Experiences of Activity Settings (SEAS) is a self-report measure that asks youth with and without disabilities about their experiences of recreational or leisure activities they take part in. "Activity settings" are places in which people do things (King, Rigby, & Batorowicz, 2013), such as shopping in a store at the mall or playing ping pong at a community centre.

Learn more about the SEAS Outcome Measure.


Measure of Environmental Qualities of Activity Settings (MEQAS)

The Measure of Environmental Qualities of Activity Settings (MEQAS) is an observer-rated questionnaire that allows people observing an activity setting to record observations on different aspects of the activity environment.

Learn more about the MEQAS Outcome Measure.


Acquired Brain Injury Challenge Assessment (ABI-CA)

The ABI-CA is a dynamic assessment of advanced motor skills. It was designed to extend upon the foundation skills of the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM-88) and be used with children/youth with acquired brain injury who are aged 7 years and up, and are independent walkers.

Learn more about the ABI-CA