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Measuring Therapeutic Recreation Outcomes in Rehabilitation: Further Testing of the Leisure Competence Measure

Marita Kloseck, Richard G. Crilly, Linda Hutchinson-Troyer


The Leisure Competence Measure (LCM) was designed to meet the need for conceptually sound and validated tools for the measurement of psychosocial outcomes in rehabilitation programs. It provides therapeutic recreation professionals with a means of measuring client leisure functioning across 8 domains. The LCM is scaled to be consistent with the Functional Independence Measure (FIM), a standardized tool commonly used to measure outcomes in medical rehabilitation. The purpose of this paper is to describe the use of the LCM in real-life clinical settings and to demonstrate the sensitivity of the LCM to change in leisure functioning, over time, in clients with a variety of diagnoses undergoing rehabilitation in a variety of settings. The results of LCM field testing have led to further modifications of the tool to better meet the needs of the therapists involved in the direct care of clients.


Therapeutic Recreation, Outcome Measurement, Rehabilitation, Leisure Competence Measure

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