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Research Article  |   June 1990
Goal Attainment Scaling as a Method of Clinical Service Evaluation
Author Affiliations
  • Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, is Professor of Occupational Therapy and Associate Dean, School of Health Related Professions, State University of New York at Buffalo, 435 Stockton Kimball Tower, Buffalo, New York 14214
  • Anne Cusick, BSc(OT), MS, is Senior Lecturer, School of Occupational Therapy, University of Sydney, Cumberland College of Health Sciences, Sydney, Australia
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Ethics / Health and Wellness / Practice
Research Article   |   June 1990
Goal Attainment Scaling as a Method of Clinical Service Evaluation
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1990, Vol. 44, 519-525. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.6.519
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1990, Vol. 44, 519-525. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.6.519
Abstract

The demand for clinical accountability and the documentation of therapeutic effectiveness continues to increase in health-related settings. Therapists are attempting to address this increasing demand by adapting methods based on traditional experimental models of research to evaluate their clinical practice. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs, however, are often of limited usefulness in clinical environments for a variety of practical and ethical reasons. This paper presents a method of evaluating the effectiveness of a therapeutic intervention called goal attainment scaling, which involves goal setting procedures and assessment techniques that are practice-based and practitioner-oriented. The procedures are presented and the argument made that goal attainment scaling is a viable method by which one can document therapeutic change and demonstrate clinical accountability.