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Collaborative Goal Setting with Children and Families in Rehabilitation


Introduction to Collaborative Goal Setting


Goal setting is widely accepted as an essential and effective part of the rehabilitation process that enhances therapeutic outcomes. Goal setting has the capacity to promote client engagement and to facilitate coordinated service delivery.

The objectives of this evidence summary are to provide you with: 1) an understanding of the components that can enhance the collaborative goal setting process; 2) an overview of different goal setting models to provide a theoretical and practical background for goal setting; and 3) a list of tools and resources that can assist you in applying goal setting within your context.

Accompanying the evidence summary is a rapid review completed by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies and Health (CADTH). Two systematic reviews, two randomized controlled trials, six non-randomized studies, and one evidence-based guideline were identified regarding goal setting approaches for individualized rehabilitation planning for children with disabilities or acquired brain injury.

To access current evidence related to goal setting within a paediatric context, please click on the “Evidence” tab.

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014