Goal Setting in Rehabilitation Therapy

Set appropriate treatment goals



Competency Area

Patient Care


Collaborate with client to develop and refine intervention goals

Set and review specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely (SMART) short-term and long-term goals which are client-centred in collaboration with clients and/or caregivers for routine cases and seek guidance for complex cases

Develop problem lists and contributing factors to clients’ problems

Assess factors that may have an impact on client goals

Select appropriate measures that reflect achievement of goals set by clients

Monitor clients’ achievements of goals

Guide therapists in developing therapy goals for complex cases.

Guide therapists on how to identify factors which may have impact on clients’ goals

Incorporate discharge planning considerations during goal setting

Engage clients and/or caregivers for goal setting for rehabilitation needs

Consider and integrate clients’ preferences, available evidence, clinical expertise and available resources in client management in goal setting

Equip partners with relevant skills and knowledge to deliver services in their setting

Review goals set by therapists

Update goal setting and monitoring practices based on evidence- based practices

Introduce new practices and approaches in goal setting

Prognosticate the responses to therapy and therapy outcomes