Journal of Taiwan Occupational Therapy Research and Practice
Purpose: To investigate the psychometric characteristics and of the clinical measures the timing for using these measures in patients with schizophrenia at the departments of occupational therapy in the public psychiatric centers. Methods: Therapists in 8 public psychiatric centers were surveyed. The assessment tools as well as their timing for using measures in schizophrenic patients at the departments of occupational therapy were investigated. The psychometric characteristics of the assessment tools were investigated through searching the MEDLINE, PsycINFO, CINAHL and Chinese Periodical Literature databases. Results: Nine of the assessment tools were used in more than 75% of the public psychiatric centers. Among them, the reliability and validity of 4 assessment tools have not been well established for psychiatric patients. Regarding the timing of using the assessment tools, most of the assessment tools were used for the needs at that time. However, few assessment tools were used to evaluate the patient when discharged. Conclusions: The psychometric characteristics of most assessment tools had not been well established. We therefore suggest that the psychometric characteristics of the assessment tools need to be established. Furthermore, assessments need to be administered when patients were discharged so that the progress of the patients could be well identified.