Psychometric properties of the Rehabilitation Therapy Engagement Scale
when used among individuals with acquired brain injury
Psychometric properties of the Rehabilitation Therapy Engagement Scale when used among individuals with acquired brain injury
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2006, vol. 51, issue 4, pp 331-337
Objective: To examine the properties of the Rehabilitation Therapy Engagement Scale (RTES), a new scale developed to assess patient engagement in physical and occupational therapies in the acute rehabilitation setting quantitatively. Design: Psychometric analysis to test the reliability and validity of the RTES in a Midwestern acute rehabilitation facility. Participants: 75 individuals with acquired brain injury admitted to an acute rehabilitation program in a Midwestern urban setting. Main Outcome Measures: Physical therapists (PTs) and occupational therapists (Ots) completed a rating scale designed to measure each patient’s level of engagement, or involvement, in therapy. Functional status at admission and discharge was measured with the Motor and Cognition scales of the Functional Independence Measure (FIM; J. M. Linacre, A. W. Heinemann, B. D. Wright, C. V. Granger, B. B. Hamilton, 1994). Results: The RTES showed high internal consistency in both physical therapy and occupational therapy settings, as well as significant correlation across those settings (r = .56, p < .001). Conclusions: The RTES appears to be a reliable and relatively unidimensional measure to identify and describe issues affecting patient engagement in rehabilitation therapies. Additional research is suggested to better understand and define the construct of engagement and to provide additional evidence of convergent and
discriminant validity in the RTES.
Lequerica, A. H.; Rapport, L. J.; Whitman, R. D.; Millis, S. R.; Vangel, Jr., S. J.; Hanks, R. A.; Axelrod, B. N.
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