The interRAI Organization: Who We Are
Mission and Vision
interRAI is a collaborative network of researchers and practitioners in over 35 countries committed to improving care for persons who are disabled or medically complex. Our consortium strives to promote evidence-informed clinical practice and policy decision making through the collection and interpretation of high- quality data about the characteristics and outcomes of persons served across a variety of health and social services settings.
Although each instrument in the interRAI suite has been developed for a particular population, they are designed to work together to form an integrated health information system. interRAI instruments all share a common language, that is, they refer to the same clinical concept in the same way across instruments. Using common measures enables clinicians and providers in different care settings to improve continuity of care and to integrate care/supports for each individual. Common language also empowers families, advocates, and payers to track the progress of program participants across settings.
As an organization, interRAI maintains high standards for the quality of measures used in our instrument systems. Each version of a system represents the results of rigorous research and testing to establish the reliability and validity of items, outcome measures, assessment protocols, case-mix algorithms, and quality indicators. We encourage and financially support ongoing research efforts by the Fellows of the corporation to improve the usefulness of our tools in a systematic fashion. Fellows also assist to translate our instruments into their native languages, making the interRAI suite a truly global resource.