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.
Robnett, Regula H.; Hahn, Kathleen; and Roland, Tetee, "The Development Of A Multiple Errands Test For Pre/Post Concussive Testing On A College Campus: The University Multiple Errands Test - Lessons Learned" (2021). Occupational Therapy Faculty Publications. 10.