Development of a first-contact protocol to guide assessment of adult patients in rehabilitation services networks.
Souza, Mariana A.P.
Ferreira, Fabiane R.
César, Cibele C.
Furtado, Sheyla R.C.
Coster, Wendy J.
Mancini, Marisa C.
Sampaio, Rosana F.
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Citation (published version)Souza MAP, Ferreira FR, César CC, Furtado SRC, Coster WJ, Mancini MC, et al. Development of a first-contact protocol to guide assessment of adult patients in rehabilitation services networks. Braz J Phys Ther. 2016 Mar-Apr; 20(2):148-157 . http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/bjpt-rbf.2014.0137
OBJECTIVE: This paper describes the development of the Protocol for Identification of Problems for Rehabilitation (PLPR), a tool to standardize collection of functional information based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROTOCOL: The PLPR was developed for use during the initial contact with adult patients within a public network of rehabilitation services. Steps to develop the protocol included: survey of the ICF codes most used by clinical professionals; compilation of data from functional instruments; development and pilot testing of a preliminary version in the service settings; discussion with professionals and development of the final version. The final version includes: user identification; social and health information; brief functional description (BFD); summary of the BFD; and PLPR results. Further testing of the final version will be conducted. CONCLUSIONS: The protocol standardizes the first contact between the user and the rehabilitation service. Systematic use of the protocol could also help to create a functional database that would allow comparisons between rehabilitation services and countries over time.
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