Outcome based practice, also referred to as outcomes management, and outcomes-focussed assessment, is one such approach to achieving desired patient care goals. It involves a combination of teamwork, quality improvement, which is continually evaluated, and process and outcome measurement.
Based upon the social model of disability and empowerment, this approach has been hailed as a better option to the needs-led assessment, and research supports this (Harris et al., 2005).
Three dimensions of the model have been put forward as being:
– Outcomes involving change, such as those that focus on developing self-confidence, or skills which enable self-care.
– Outcomes maintaining quality of life, occasionally referred to as maintenance outcomes.
– Outcomes associated with the process of receiving services, or those which involve being valued and listened to in the care process.