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 Stroke Care Provider Resources


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Outcome Measures Recommended For Standard Use with Stroke Patients in the Champlain Region

 Clinicians working in stroke care around the region attended two outcome measures events, one in 2010 and one in 2013, and reached consensus on outcome measures for several domains in stroke care.  Recommendations for the Region are listed and described below.  Click on the hyperlinks for more information about the tool or links to the outcome measure itself.  


The AlphaFIM® Instrument is used in acute care as a method of measuring a patient's burden of care.  AlphaFIM® ratings are a key component of the Champlain Regional Stroke Rehabilitation System and used to triage to a probable discharge destination from acute care.

Clinicians must be credentialed in the AlphaFIM® to use it.  The Champlain Regional Stroke Network provides training to clinicians working on acute stroke units (see CRSN Education for more information).  The Canadian Institute for Health Information also provides training.


The BBS quantatively assesses balance in older adults by assessing the performance of functional tasks.  The BBS measure is available through this link on the Stroke Engine website. 

Chedoke McMaster Stroke Assessment

This two-part outcome measure measures physical impairment (Physical Impairment Inventory) and disability (Disability Inventory) in clients with stroke and other neurological impairment.

Training is provided by McMaster University.  More information is available by clicking this link to the Stroke Engine website. 

Functional Independence Measure (FIM™) Instrument

The FIM™ Instrument is used in the rehabilitation setting as a method of assessing the severity of patient disability and of measuring the impact of rehabilitation on the patient's functionality.  

The Canadian Institute for Health Information offers a train the trainer program.  Certification for use of the FIM may already be available through a trainer at your rehab facility.  For more information about the instrument, please visit the website for Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR).


The Line Bisection Test is a screening tool used to detect the presence of unilateral spatial neglect in stroke patients.   For more information and a copy of the Line Bisection Test, click here to link to the Stroke Engine website.


The MoCA is a screen for mild cognitive impairment that should be administered on all stroke patients in acute care.  The Montreal Cognitive Assessment has a website, which includes information about the assessment, instructions for use, a copy of the assessment, and normative data.


The MVPT is an assessment for visual perception, independent of motor ability.  More information can be found by clicking this link to Stroke Engine.


A group of Speech Language Pathologists in Ottawa have been working together for a number of years to find an appropriate and useful outcome measure for communication that can be used along the continuum for stroke survivors.  To date, no outcome measure has been found to be satisfactory for their needs (feasible to administer, document the impact that S-LP interventions  have  on  patients’ abilities; and facilitate the transfer of information about patients’ functional communication and swallowing abilities between colleagues along the continuum of care.) 


The PHQ-9 is a short questionnaire designed to diagnose and measure the severity of depression.  It is recommended that the PHQ-9 is used throughout the continuum of care.  More information and a copy of the PHQ-9 are available on the PHQ Screeners website.


Contact us

Champlain Regional Stroke Network The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus Civic Parkdale Clinic, Main North 1053 Carling Avenue Ottawa, ON K1Y 4E9

Phone: 613-798-5555 x 16153
SPC Phone: 613-798-5555 x 16156