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The Multiple Errands Test (MET) is an occupation-based assessment tool, used to determine if someone who has sustained an acquired brain injury can successfully complete everyday errands, such as purchasing items at a gift shop, mailing a letter, and determining what hours a store is open. The MET has been used successfully in a hospital setting. Due to the MET’s ecological validity, we sought to determine if an adapted MET (revised for a college campus setting) would be an appropriate alternative to the ImPACT, an often-required, on-line pre and post-concussion neuropsychological assessment for high school and college athletes. Students may underperform on the ImPACT, thinking that this would result in quicker return to sport. A University MET was designed and pilot-tested on 29 undergraduate student volunteers. The study taught us many lessons, including that college campuses are dynamic settings and real-life task testing is time intensive. Expecting the University MET to take the place of a quick, on-line, group administered test such as the ImPACT was not realistic. Nonetheless, as a clinical rehabilitation assessment tool, a setting-specific MET can continue to contribute valuable information to occupational therapy intervention planning and goal setting.


Authors Hahn (MSOT '17) and Roland (MSOT '18) are UNE Occupational Therapy graduates; author Robnett is a UNE Occupational Therapy professor.

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Robnett, R.H., Hahn, K., Roland, T. (2021, February). The development of a multiple errands test for pre/post concussive testing on a college campus: The University Multiple Errands Test - lessons learned. Occupational Therapy Hub.



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