Introduction: Goals are a means of tracking progress across treatment with the use of specific targets and measurements. They help us, the clinicians, measure progress, but they are also read by interdisciplinary team members and used in determining insurance reimbursement. It is essential that as clinical professionals, our goals are functional, achievable, and appropriate so that the important work we perform as part of the healthcare team is fully understood. With the demands of productivity growing higher and higher, generating appropriate goals often falls to the wayside in favor of check-box documentation systems and goal-banks. Although it is very easy to rely on pre-generated goal-banks, our patients and our profession suffers consequences characterized by decreased interdisciplinary respect and lower insurance reimbursement rates (Henley, 2017; Swigert, 2014). Instead, clinicians may do better to use a goal-writing framework. A good framework ensures that goals are individualized, reflect best practice by connecting skilled interventions to functional outcomes, and are clearly understandable from multiple perspectives (i.e., clinician, reviewer, and payor).
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