Measuring communicative participation: a review of self-report instruments in speech-language pathology.
|Title||Measuring communicative participation: a review of self-report instruments in speech-language pathology.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Authors||Eadie TL, Yorkston KM, Klasner ER, Dudgeon BJ, Deitz JC, Baylor CR, Miller RM, Amtmann D|
|Journal||American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology|
|Date Published||2006 Nov|
|Communication, Communication Disorders, Humans, Psychometrics, Questionnaires, Speech-Language Pathology, Treatment Outcome|
PURPOSE: To assess the adequacy of self-report instruments in speech-language pathology for measuring a construct called communicative participation. METHOD: Six instruments were evaluated relative to (a) the construct measured, (b) the relevance of individual items to communicative participation, and (c) their psychometric properties. RESULTS: No instrument exclusively measured communicative participation. Twenty-six percent (n = 34) of all items (N = 132) across the reviewed instruments were consistent with communicative participation. The majority (76%) of the 34 items were associated with general communication, while the remaining 24% of the items were associated with communication at work, during leisure, or for establishing relationships. Instruments varied relative to psychometric properties. CONCLUSIONS: No existing self-report instruments in speech-language pathology were found to be solely dedicated to measuring communicative participation. Developing an instrument for measuring communicative participation is essential for meeting the requirements of our scope of practice.