Towards an Understanding of Best Practices in Goal Attainment Scaling Implementation and Feasibility

When a patient seeks treatment, it is crucial to involve them in the decision-making process. One way to do this is to have a scale/measure that allows for the patient's input on the goals that are most relevant to them. Goal attainment scaling is one measure that involves patients by including a collaborative goalsetting process between the physician and patient. However, this scale is rarely used in clinical practice settings as there are no published clear guidelines to apply the scale. To help with this problem, I will work with the team at Ardea Outcomes, who have advocated for patient’s voices in clinical care for over two decades. I will search for published research studies that used goal attainment scaling to identify the best practices and test the impact of these practices by running computer simulations. By the end of this project, we aim to have a document with clear guidelines on how to use goal attainment scaling for clinicians and researchers.

Intern: 
Kulpreet Cheema
Faculty Supervisor: 
Jacqueline Cummine;Bill Hodgetts
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Alberta
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