Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Inter-rater Reliability of Clinicians’ Ratings of Preschool Children Using the FOCUS©: Focus on the Outcomes of Communication Under Six

 
Author(s) Bruce Oddson
Karla Washington
Bernadette Robertson
Nancy Thomas-Stonell
Peter Rosenbaum
Volume 37
Number 2
Year 2013
Page(s) 170-174
Language English
Category
Keywords SPEECH-LANGUAGE
PATHOLOGY
OUTCOME
RESEARCH
RELIABILITY
PSYCHOMETRIC
PROPERTIES
Abstract The present study was conducted to evaluate the reliability of the FOCUS© (Focus on the Outcomes of Communication Under Six). The FOCUS© is intended to measure the functional change in real-world communication associated with speech-language therapy. Clinicians administer this test by interviewing parents before and after treatment. The inter-rater reliability of detected change was high when evaluating preschool children (n = 13). Results indicate that this measure is reliable for both practical and research purposes. The necessity of establishing reliability is discussed, as are limitations of the FOCUS©.

La présente étude a été menée pour évaluer la fiabilité de la méthode FOCUS© (Focus on the Outcomes of Communication Under Six). FOCUS© veut mesurer le changement fonctionnel dans la communication associée aux thérapies en orthophonie. Les cliniciens administrent ce test en interviewant les parents avant et après traitement. La fiabilité inter-évaluateurs du changement détecté était élevée lors de l’évaluation d’enfants d’âge préscolaire (n = 13). Les résultats indiquent que cette mesure est fiable à la fois en clinique et en recherche. La nécessité d’établir la fiabilité est discutée, ainsi que les limites associées à FOCUS©.
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