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Research Article  |   June 1986
The Effects of Introducing the Klein-Bell ADL Scale in a Rehabilitation Service
Author Affiliations
  • Roger O. Smith, MOT, OTR, is a lecturer in the Occupational Therapy Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706
  • Marilyn E. Morrow, MS, OTR, is an occupational therapy consultant, Bellevue, WA 98006
  • Jolene K. Heitman, OTR, is an occupational therapy supervisor at Emanuel Hospital, Portland, OR 97227
  • William J. Rardin, OTR, is a therapist at Adventist Hospital, Portland, OR 97216
  • Janis L. Powelson, OTR, is a therapist at Dammasch State Hospital, Wilsonville, OR 97070
  • At the time of this study, Therese Von, MOT, OTR, was Director of Occupational Therapy at Oregon State Hospital, Salem
Article Information
Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation
Research Article   |   June 1986
The Effects of Introducing the Klein-Bell ADL Scale in a Rehabilitation Service
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1986, Vol. 40, 420-424. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.6.420
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1986, Vol. 40, 420-424. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.6.420
Abstract

This study investigated the impact of introducing the Klein-Bell ADL Scale into a rehabilitation medicine service. A pretest and a posttest questionnaire of rehabilitation team members and a pretest and a posttest audit of occupational therapy documentation were completed. Results of the questionnaire suggested that the ADL scale influenced rehabilitation team members’ observations in the combined area of occupational therapy involvement in self-care, improvement in the identification of treatment goals and plans, and communication between team members. Results of the audit suggested that the thoroughness and quantification of occupational therapy documentation improved. The clinical implications of these findings recommend the use of the Klein-Bell ADL Scale in rehabilitation services for improving occupational therapy documentation and for enhancing rehabilitation team effectiveness.