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</o:shapelayout></xml><![endif]--></head><body lang=EN-US link=blue vlink=purple><div class=WordSection1><p class=MsoNormal>Dear colleague,<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.25in'>I would like to extend an exciting invitation to you.&nbsp; The Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is developing a new web-based, searchable database of assessment instruments, and we&#8217;d like you to test an early version of this website.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.25in'>The Rehabilitation Measures Database (<a href="http://www.rehabmeasures.org">www.rehabmeasures.org</a>) is specifically designed to help clinicians select appropriate instruments for screening, monitoring patient progress, and assessing outcomes in rehabilitation. Here are some of the key features: <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst style='margin-left:1.0in;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]>This database allows clinicians and researchers to search for instruments using various drop-down boxes (area of assessment, diagnosis, length of test and cost) that will identify the key features of an instrument they wish to utilize.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:1.0in;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]>The search function returns relevant results and provides the user with the ability to refine the search.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:1.0in;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]>The instruments listed in the database are briefly described with specific details regarding their reliability, validity, mode of administration, cost and equipment required. <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle style='margin-left:1.0in;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]>Additionally, information to support the user in interpreting the results, such as minimal detectable change scores, cut-offs and normative values are included.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoListParagraphCxSpLast style='margin-left:1.0in;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1'><![if !supportLists]><span style='font-family:Symbol'><span style='mso-list:Ignore'>&middot;<span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span></span><![endif]>We provide a sample copy of the instrument (PDF) in the database when we are legally able to do so.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal>Currently, there are over 50 instruments in the database that could be used to assess individuals with stroke.&nbsp; We plan to expand this database substantially to include many other diagnoses over the next few years.<o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.25in'>You are invited to beta test the Rehabilitation Measures Database. If you agree to review our website, please visit the database at <a href="http://www.rehabmeasures.org">www.rehabmeasures.org</a>.&nbsp; During your review, perform searches that are relevant to you, including searches using the drop-down box, word search and refine search features.&nbsp; Also, please take time to review 4 &#8211; 6 instrument summaries and the PDF of the instrument (if available).&nbsp; Please note during your review that the instruments currently in the database have only been extensively reviewed for individuals with <b>stroke</b>.&nbsp; Further, these summaries are not meant to be comprehensive reviews of the entire body of research on the instrument, but rather a sampling that reflects the instrument&#8217;s utility and feasibility.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.25in'>Once you are done reviewing the website, please complete the survey located at:&nbsp; <a href="http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/72SCW5K">http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/72SCW5K</a>.&nbsp; <b>Please submit your review by February 28, 2011.</b> <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal style='text-indent:.25in'>Your participation in database testing is voluntary.&nbsp; The results of this survey may be published or presented, but you will not be identified in any way. If you decide to stop participation at any time you may do so without penalty.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class=MsoNormal><span lang=DE style='color:navy'>Allen W. Heinemann, PhD, ABPP (RP), FACRM<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:navy'>Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:navy'>&nbsp; Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:navy'>Director, Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:navy'>&nbsp; Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:navy'>345 East Superior Street<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:navy'>Chicago, IL&nbsp; 60611-2654 USA<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:navy'>+1.312.238.2802 (v) +1.312.238.4572(f)<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='color:navy'><a href="mailto:a-heinemann@northwestern.edu" title="mailto:a-heinemann@northwestern.edu"><span style='color:blue'>a-heinemann@northwestern.edu</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p></div><font face="monospace">Confidentiality Notice: This message and any attachments are only for the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential, privileged and/or protected health information.&nbsp; If you are not the intended recipient of this message, please: 1) be advised that unauthorized review, use, copying, disclosure, or distribution is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful; 2) notify the sender of the delivery by reply e-mail or contact RIC's Privacy Officer at 312.238.0766 or privacyofficer@ric.org; and 3) delete and destroy all copies of the message and its attachments. Thank you.</font></body></html>