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Measurement of outcomes to support effective physical therapy treatment is critical to satisfy and motivate patients and families, fulfill obligations to funders, and impact governmental policies; however, accurate measurement and comparisons of pediatric and adult patients can often be challenging secondary to the individualized nature of impairments or clinical settings. Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) provides a useful and objective method for capturing comparable individualized change in pediatric and adult populations. GAS scoring can be evaluated at an individual, group, or program level.  Participants of this course will be introduced to GAS methodology, goal creation, storage, scoring and interpretation. Two storage, scoring and interpretation methods, traditional and smartphone app, will be offered. GAS implementation across clinical setting will also be presented.

Course Objectives:

Following completion of the course participants will:

  1. Understand the use of Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) as an objective outcomes measure at the individual, group, and program effectiveness level.
  2. Demonstrate how to create, store, score, analyze, and interpret GAS goals.
  3. Recognize GAS utility for individual, group and programmatic interpretation
  4. Apply the GOALed app in creation, storage, scoring and interpretation of GAS goals.
  5. Identify value of  GAS across a variety of clinical settings.

Course Presenters:

Erin Gaffney, PT, DPT

Cindy Dodds, PT, PhD, PCS

Lori Bartleson, PT, DPT

Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy thanks Cascade DAFO for generous sponsorship of the online education catalog.

Please visit Cascade DAFO to learn more.

Course Content

Lessons Status
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CORE Course Orientation

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GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION:

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APPT: Goal Attainment Scaling PRE-COURSE TEST and SURVEY

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APPT: Goal Attainment Scaling INTRODUCTION

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APPT Goal Attainment Scaling: COURSE SCHEDULE

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APPT Goal Attainment Scaling: LESSON 1 Introduction to Goal Attainment Scaling June 3-9

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APPT Goal Attainment Scaling: LESSON 2 June 10-June 16

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APPT Goal Attainment Scaling: ONLINE MEETING RECORDINGS

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APPT Goal Attainment Scaling: LESSON 3 "Use of GOALed App and Further Applications of GAS" June 17- June 23

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APPT Goal Attainment Scaling: LESSON 4 June 24-June 30

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APPT Goal Attainment Scaling: POST COURSE by July 7