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Table 1 Elements of the BRIDGE program, aimed at strengthening the quality of rehabilitation services

From: A quality indicator set for rehabilitation services for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases demonstrates adequate responsiveness in a pre–post evaluation

Structured goal-setting Patients developed 1–5 individual rehabilitation goals in collaboration with clinicians. The goals were recorded in the Patient-Specific Functional Scale [23, 24], and scored according to experienced difficulty at every reporting time point in the trial.
A written rehabilitation plan A written rehabilitation plan for each patient included the individual goals and corresponding goal-directed interventions.
A tailored follow-up, including plans for self-management The patient and the rehabilitation team developed a plan for tailored follow-up in the first period after discharge. One month after discharge, all participants received a telephone call from the rehabilitation center, addressing 1) progress towards goals, 2) adherence to self-management strategies (plans for self-management), and 3) whether necessary contact with caregivers in the patient’s home setting was established. The follow-up interventions were tailored according to patient’s needs and available resources in their municipality.
Individualized written feedback Digital self-reporting enabled individualized graphic feedback throughout the whole rehabilitation period. Data reported in a rehabilitation core set of questionnaires were presented as clinical graphs showing current status and development over time. Participants could use the graphs to monitor their own progress and share information with important caregivers across levels of care.
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing was used in the goal-setting talks and the telephone follow-up calls, in accordance with guiding booklets designed for both clinicians and patients.