Strategies for occupational therapists performing self-report measures over telehealth
When conducting self-report measures over telehealth as an occupational therapist, there are several strategies you can employ. Here are some of the best ways to perform self-report measures in a telehealth setting:
- Pre-screening: Before administering any self-report measures, conduct a pre-screening process to ensure that the individual has the necessary technology, internet connectivity, and privacy to participate effectively in the telehealth session.
- Digital questionnaires: Implement digital questionnaires or surveys that can be completed electronically. Many online platforms offer secure and user-friendly survey tools. You can either send these questionnaires via email or provide a secure link for the individual to access during the telehealth session.
- Screen sharing: If the self-report measures involve visual stimuli or documents that need to be reviewed together, use screen sharing functionality. You can share your screen with the individual, allowing both of you to view and discuss the content simultaneously.
- Video conferencing with real-time interaction: Conduct the self-report measures during a video call, ensuring real-time interaction. This approach allows you to explain instructions clearly, address any questions or concerns the individual may have, and observe their engagement and understanding.
- Visual aids: Utilise visual aids such as diagrams, images, or videos to enhance understanding and engagement during the self-report measures. Share these visuals through screen sharing or by sending them as attachments before the telehealth session.
- Breaks and pacing: Consider the individual’s attention span and comfort during the self-report measures. It may be helpful to break the assessment into smaller sections or provide breaks as needed to prevent fatigue or disengagement.
- Clear instructions and guidance: Provide explicit instructions for completing the self-report measures and offer guidance on any specific areas that may require clarification. Ensure the individual understands how to navigate the digital platform and submit their responses.
- Documentation and record-keeping: Maintain accurate documentation of the self-report measures and any relevant findings. Depending on the telehealth platform or tools used, you may be able to save or export responses for future reference and analysis.
- Follow-up and clarification: After the self-report measures, follow up with the individual to address any questions, clarify responses, or provide additional support if necessary. This follow-up can occur through email, phone calls, or subsequent telehealth sessions.
Remember to prioritise confidentiality and privacy throughout the telehealth session, ensuring that all data and personal information are protected in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.
Leanne Hopkins is an Occupational Therapist at Succeed Healthcare Solutions and is passionate about creating a world where families thrive. If you are a health or education professional seeking an evidence-based multi-disciplinary clinic for your patients/clients that strategically avoids waitlists, please contact us and arrange a free 15-minute Discovery Interview to see how we can assist.