Engagement in paediatric rehabilitation intervention: nature, measurement & role in determination of outcomes.

Chief Investigators: G King, V Wright, CI Ziviani, CIHR CANADA $841,688 (2014-2018).

Aims: The active involvement (engagement) of children/youth with disabilities, and their parents, in rehabilitation is critical to optimizing outcomes. Client engagement enhances goal attainment; however no measures of client engagement have been created/validated. This international program aims to:

  • (i) ascertain from children, youth, parents, and service providers the nature of engagement in paediatric rehabilitation,
  • (ii) develop reliable/valid measures of the engagement of children/youth (Paediatric Rehabilitation Measure of Engagement–Child: PRIME-C) and parents (PRIME-P) for any rehabilitation intervention, and
  • (iii) examine the predictive utility with respect to outcomes.

This practice-based research will change service provider’s views to understanding, measuring, and optimizing client engagement. Use of engagement principles in the design and delivery of interventions, has the potential to increase client satisfaction, enhance outcomes, and reduce costs.

Update: Development of engagement measure nearing completion. See more at the PRIME website HERE