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Research Article  |   January 2004
Documenting Outcomes of Occupational Therapy: The Center for Outcomes Research and Education
Author Affiliations
  • Gary Kielhofner, DrPH, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor, Head, and Wade-Meyer Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Applied Health Sciences Building, Room 354, Chicago, Illinois 60612-7250; kielhfnr@uic.edu
  • Joy Hammel, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Marcia Finlayson, PhD, OT(C), OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Christine Helfrich, PhD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Renée R. Taylor, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Article Information
Center for Outcomes Research and Education
Research Article   |   January 2004
Documenting Outcomes of Occupational Therapy: The Center for Outcomes Research and Education
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2004, Vol. 58, 15-23. doi:10.5014/ajot.58.1.15
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2004, Vol. 58, 15-23. doi:10.5014/ajot.58.1.15
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Abstract

This article presents two themes related to the development and implementation of sound outcomes research that emerged from a 3-year dialogue among fellows of the University of Illinois Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE). These themes are: that outcomes research needs to be an interrelated multi-method system of investigation, and it should be developed in collaboration with its key stakeholders (consumers and practitioners). Examples from the literature and from a cluster of papers published in this focus issue are used to exemplify the themes.