SCHOOL OUTCOMES MEASURE (SOM)™ RESEARCH

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is validating the School Outcomes Measure (SOM). The SOM is a minimal data set for collecting outcomes of students who receive school-based occupational therapy and physical therapy services. School-based occupational therapists and physical therapists are expected to measure the effectiveness of their student interventions, and the SOM stands poised to capture and measure those student outcomes.

We have recently received U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) federal funding to collect national student data to validate and evaluate the responsiveness of the SOM, and develop a national open-access data collection and analysis system.  

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Arnold, PT, PhD (Principal Investigator)
Associate Professor
Director of Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center and Director of Doctor of Science (DSc) Program
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
1200 N. Stonewall Avenue, Room 1130
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117
Email
Phone: (405) 271-2131 ext. 47118

SOM Research Tools

Research Manuals

Reliability Training

Instructions for completing the SOM and PEDI-CAT interrater reliability for the SOM research study. Participants will complete reliability for each tool through these same steps:

  1. Watch the OUHSC Research Study Introduction PowerPoint presentation (includes audio), by clicking on "OUHSC Research Study Introduction" to access the hyperlink.
  2. When you are ready to complete the SOM reliability, watch the SOM Overview PowerPoint presentation (includes audio) [click hyperlink below], then watch the SOM Reliability Video (below) using the SOM Items for Reliability (below) as your guide. Similarly, when you are ready to complete the PEDI-CAT reliability, watch the PEDI-CAT Overview PowerPoint presentation (includes audio) [click hyperlink below], then watch the PEDI-CAT Reliability Video (below) using the PEDI-CAT Items for Reliability (below) as your guide.
  3. Score the SOM items and PEDI-CAT items on the corresponding SOM Items for Reliability  form and PEDI-CAT Items for Reliability Form, attached below, for all students in both reliability videos.

  4. After compleing the reliability forms, transfer scored answers for the Independant Reliability Testing sections to the corresponding SOM Reliability Excel Sheet and the PEDI-CAT Reliability Excel Sheet.  Note, both Excel sheets are included in the single Excel file, "PEDI-CAT and SOM Reliability Excel Sheets", attached below.  Hand deliver or scan and email both Excel sheets to the SSC (or the OUHSC researcher who provided the training), who will follow up to verify participant reliability on the SOM and the PEDI-CAT.

  5. After receipt of verification of reliability on both the SOM and the PEDI-CAT, the SSC or OUHSC researcher will assist the participant with recruitment and completing the SOM and the PEDI-CAT tools with the students from participants' caseloads.

*Note, all videos and forms are password protected.


OUHSC Research Study Introduction

SSC Instructions | Therapists Data Instructions

SOM OverviewSOM Reliability Video (The video link is in your OUHSC email.)  | SOM Items for Reliability   Gold standard: SOM training items

PEDI-CAT Overview  | PEDI-CAT Reliability Video (The video link is in your OUHSC email.)   | PEDI-CAT Items for Reliability  | Gold standard: PEDI-CAT training items

PEDI-CAT and SOM Reliability Excel Sheets | Gold standard: SOM and PEDI-CAT independent participant scoring

Additional Research Tools