Australian Therapy Outcome Measures for Occupational Therapy (AusTOMs-OT)

Information taken from AusTOMs Homepage

About the AusTOMs
There are three individual AusTOMs kits: one for each of physiotherapy, speech pathology, and occupational therapy professions. The AusTOMs tools in each kit are based on a similar framework, but were developed separately by members of each profession.

AusTOMs-OT Kit

AusTOMs-OT Kit

The AusTOMs scales are based on:

  • The Therapy Outcome Measures (UK TOM- Enderby and John, 1997; Enderby, John and Petherham, 1998);
  • The World Health Organization International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (WHO ICF);
  • The input and feedback of Australian clinicians; and
  • The input and feedback of consumers and advocates. Continue reading

WHO Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0)

Information is from World Health Organisation Website http://www.who.int

WHODAS 2.0 supersedes WHODAS II and is an altogether different instrument that is grounded in the conceptual framework of the ICF. It integrates an individual’s level of functioning in major life domains and directly corresponds with ICF’s ‘activity and participation’ dimensions. Continue reading

Multi-Axial Diagnosis using the DSM IV

Axis V is part of the DSM ”multi-axial” system for assessment. The five axis model is designed to provide a comprehensive diagnosis that includes a complete picture of not just acute symptoms but of the entire scope of factors that account for a patient’s mental health. Continue reading

Mental State Examination (MSE)

As with Capacity Assessment, the MSE is a core skill that needs to be mastered by all Mental Health clinicians. It is the basis for all clinical interventions and will aide in determining everything from how you talk & react with a client to what sort of activities might be appropriate at that time.

It is important to understand that the MSE is used to capture a “snapshot” of a persons presentation at the time it is done. In most cases it is essential to complete and MSE on every contact you have with a client. Continue reading