Common Assessment Tool

Common Assessments are internationally recognized automated tools and standardized processes that facilitate the collection and use of client information, creating a sustainable approach to manage and measure improvement in client outcomes over time. Comprehensive client-specific assessment information will be available to health service providers to support clinicians in care planning and admission decisions. Sector-specific standardized assessment tools, software and training are provided to participating Health Service Provider organizations.

Community Care Access Centres

interRAI Contact Assessment (interRAI CA): records only the essential information needed at the time of intake to support decisions related to the need for more comprehensive assessment, the urgency for home care service provision, and the need for specialized services (for example, rehabilitation).

interRAI Home Care (HC): focuses on the person’s functioning and quality of life by assessing needs, strengths and preferences. It is generally used for persons who are disabled or medically complex who are seeking or receiving formal health care and supportive services – and to assess persons with chronic needs or post-acute care needs.

Community Support Services

interRAI Community Health Assessment (CHA): The core comprehensive assessment tool for Community Support Services (CSS) assists the client and assessor to determine the most appropriate services and provides standardized, clinical information to inform decision making, planning, performance monitoring and quality of care.

interRAI Preliminary Screener (Screener): a rudimentary screener to filter out persons least likely to benefit from undergoing a comprehensive assessment. Supports the intake process and enables decision-making related to identifying persons who would likely benefit from a comprehensive assessment.

Community Mental Health

Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN): a common assessment for Community Mental Health services designed to support the recovery philosophy which is the provincial policy approach. It captures the client’s opinion of their needs within the health system and matches those with staff.

Long-Term Care Homes

Resident Assessment Instrument Minimum Data Set (RAI MDS 2.0): a standardized and automated clinical assessment for all interdisciplinary care team members in Long-Term Care Homes designed to enhance assessment and care planning and improve resident care outcomes.

All Community Care Sectors (except for Community Health Centres)

Integrated Assessment Record (IAR): An integration application that enables client assessment information to be available as clients move from one health service provider (HSP) to another. HSPs can use IAR to electronically view timely client assessment information in a secure manner, improving information management and enabling collaborative care planning.