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Watch this webinar on AM-PAC™ Short Forms

Recorded: February 27, 2014


Mary Slavin, Director, Education and Dissemination, Health and Disability Research Institute; Boston University

Webinar Summary

This exclusive webinar focuses on the Activity Measure for Post-Acute Care (AM-PAC™) Short Forms, developed by Boston University researchers and distributed by Mediware’s PAC-Metrix. The presenter will describe the development of the AM-PAC™ short forms and discuss how these forms differ from computer adaptive tests. Short forms for different domains of functioning and patient populations will be presented and discussed. Specific instructions to ensure reliable administration the AM-PAC™ short forms will be emphasized. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of how AM-PAC™ short form scores can be interpreted and used for treatment planning and quality improvement activities.

Attendees will:

  • Be able to describe how the AM-PAC was developed
  • Understand the difference between short forms and computerized adaptive tests (CATs)
  • List the different types of short forms available and identify which form(s) is (are) most appropriate for a given diagnosis or patient population
  • Describe procedures for reliable administration of the AM-PAC short forms and identify potential area of concern regarding reliability
  • Discuss how to interpret AM-PAC short form scores and describe how to use scores to guide patient treatment and quality improvement efforts.

Who Should Watch?

Those working in inpatient and outpatient rehab settings, including home care and nursing homes would benefit from watching the hour-long webinar.

About the Presenter

Mary D. Slavin, Ph.D., PT, is the Director of Education and Dissemination at Boston University School of Public Health’s Health and Disability Research Institute. She is a physical therapist with a doctoral degree in experimental psychology. Dr. Slavin has extensive experience in the rehabilitation field as a clinician, educator and researcher. She has presented her research at national and international meetings and has published in the areas of evidence-based practice, developing outcome measures, and categorizing rehabilitation interventions. Dr. Slavin has organized and participated in several national meetings to improve outcome measurement and quality monitoring. She has provided AM-PAC training to several large organizations. Currently, Dr. Slavin is working on a NIDRR-funded research project that is a collaboration among Spinal Cord Injury Model System programs to develop a computerized adaptive functional assessment. This assessment tool will provide an efficient method to assess changes in functional status among all individuals with spinal cord injury.

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