Occupational Therapy Publications

Title

Goal Attainment Scaling: Its Use in Evaluating Pediatric Therapy Programs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2009

Journal

Physical & Occupational Therapy In Pediatrics

Volume

19

Issue

2

First Page

31

Last Page

52

URL with Digital Object Identifier

https://doi.org/10.1080/J006v19n02_03

Abstract

Goal attainment scaling is becoming an increasingly popular technique for evaluating the functional goal attainment of children receiving pediatric therapy services. This article reports on the experiences of the authors in conducting formal program evaluations using this individualized measurement approach. Goal attainment scaling is described, its utility is assessed, and issues in its use are identified. The article considers the pros and cons of the technique, highlights the key decisions required to use goal attainment scaling effectively, and provides standard criteria and procedures for its use in pediatric settings.

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