Background: Evidencing the impact of speech and language therapy interventions is challenging. The UK's professional body for speech and language therapists (SLTs) is supporting a consistent approach to outcome measurement and analysis using Therapy Outcome Measures (TOMs).
Objective: To develop a digital solution for collecting TOMs data, evaluate the impact of therapeutic interventions and explore contributing factors to outcome variation across clinical areas.
Method: Agile methodology was applied to software development. Organisations were recruited to provide data. Criteria were identified to exemplify outcome variability.
Results: A digital tool was developed. 21 organisations provided data on 16 356 individuals. Improvement in at least one domain of TOMs occurred in 77.1% of instances. Data for two clinical areas exemplify the tool's effectiveness in highlighting the impact of speech and language therapy.
Conclusion: This established outcomes data set can be used to evaluate the impact of speech and language therapy, and explore variation in outcomes.
Keywords: health care; information management; information systems.
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