NOMS Background and Disclosure Statement
In 1993, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association formed a Task Force on Treatment Outcomes and Cost Effectiveness in response to its members' requests for outcomes data demonstrating the effectiveness of speech-language pathology and audiology services. In doing this, the Task Force reviewed various existing national databases and data collection systems. However, they realized that none were comprehensive or sensitive enough to meet the growing needs of the Association. Out of necessity and commitment, the Task Force began working for the next two years on the development of a national database for the professions. In 1997, the National Outcomes Measurement System (NOMS) was developed. The purpose of NOMS is to collect aggregated national outcomes data from speech-language pathologists and audiologists working with adults and children in both school and health care settings.
The self-study online courses (i.e., NOMS Adult User Training, NOMS Pre-Kindergarten User Training) were developed or modified by Rob Mullen, Tracy Schooling, Floyd Roye, Tobi Frymark, and Jaumeiko Coleman; all are salaried employees of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (i.e., financial relationship). In regards to nonfinancial relationships, Tracy Schooling, Tobi Frymark, and Jaumeiko Coleman are ASHA members, whereas all five individuals work in the National Center for Evidence-Based Practice, the ASHA Approved CE Provider.