Assessing changes in life skills and quality of life resulting from rehabilitation services

Stanford E. Rubin, Fong Chan, Deborah L. Thomas

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The goal of the rehabilitation process is to promote the full integration of individuals with disabilities into American society, ideally, in a state of optimal economic self-sufficiency. Achievement of that goal can be expected to result from a process in which deficiencies in life skills are accurately diagnosed and reduced or removed via targeted rehabilitation services. Another important outcome goal is that the recipient of rehabilitation services should experience improvement in his/her quality of life. Therefore, changes in the life skills and quality of life of the individual with a disability from pre to post rehabilitation services can be considered as a valid index of the level of effectiveness of those services. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the relevance of addressing those two outcome measurement areas for assessing the effects of rehabilitation services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-9
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jul 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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