TELER outcome measures
To put it simply, TELER is a measuring system.
To put it more complicated, it is a measuring system that uses statistical analysis and
mathematics to evaluate a situation from which a course of action can be derived. Although TELER can be used in almost any situation where
analysis is needed, it is in a medical environment where TELER has its roots firmly set, measuring the effectiveness of the treatment a patient receives.
What is TELERAs you may have gathered, the underlying principle of TELER is very complicated, but that is how it works, not what TELER is. It is in fact a very easy to use measuring method and is incredibly accurate. In all walks of life, how many times have you been asked to define something based on a scale of 1-10? If you visit a doctor or a physio this type of scale is standard. But this scale doesn't actually have any defined reference point, how do you know what a 7 is and what makes you a 7, not an 8 or 6. You give your answer based on a definition of each level that you yourself have defined - normally formed from past experiences. If you are suffering from a pain, for example, you will choose your level based on other pains you have experienced in the past and try to associate them to this new pain. What the TELER system does is remove the randomness of the response by providing an Indicator that uses a 0-5 scale, unique to the diagnosed problem, and at each level there is a specific condition or action that must be met. The example below shows an indicator that can be used by a physiotherapist for a patient with a shoulder injury. Example:
Shoulder - internal rotation while standing
Lvl - Condition
0 - Unable to let arm hang freely by side
1 - Able to let arm hang freely by side
2 - Able to place back of wrist on buttock
3 - Able to place back of wrist on sacrum
4 - Able to place back of wrist on small of back
5 - Able to place back of wrist between shoulder blades As illustrated by the above indicator, it is the loss of shoulder mobility that is measured not the pain level and as such the answer given is never random. They either can or can't do something, it's as simple as that and each of those 6 conditions are unambiguous, clinically valid statements so no interpretation is required. That is just one example from a library of over 2,000 clinically defined TELER Indicators, any of which can be used once an initial diagnosis has taken place. So what is TELER exactly?
TELER is a measuring method that provides a library of easy to understand, easy to use indicators that effectively and accurately evaluate the level of the situation.
All the actual technical stuff; the mathamatics, formulaes and statistical analysis stays in the background and is fully automated.
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