Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)
Health Services Research
Zachary Boychuck, PhD, OT
Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty Lecturer
McGill University, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
Piper Hansen, OTD, OTR/L, BCPR
Clinical Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Applied Health Sciences
Body of Abstract: Outcomes that can only be assessed by the person are referred to as patient-reported outcomes (PROs). PROs complement clinical and biomedical outcomes by helping to understand the patient experience of living with disease including understanding physical, emotional, social functioning, and trade-offs and demands related to the treatment regimens or programs.
With a shift towards patient-centered care, where the needs of the patient and family and their active involvement is central to guiding treatment decisions, PROs are increasingly being integrated into clinical care. Successfully integrating PROs into clinical practice requires defining objectives for collecting PROs and systematically identifying barriers and enablers to implementing PROs to tailor strategies for applying PROs in clinical practice.
The course will provide an introduction to the use of PROs in clinical practice and for quality improvement along with an overview of implementation science principles and how they can facilitate the use of PROs. To increase their widespread adoption and to optimize their usefulness to a range of stakeholders, PRO measures must be perceived as relevant, meaningful, and actionable to the patients, the clinicians using them, and the organizations implementing them. Application of the principles from implementation science can help identify strategies that address the contextual barriers and facilitators to using PRO measures in a specific clinical context. They can also guide the selection of implementation strategies and evaluate if the implementation of PRO measures was effective in improving the desired outcomes (e.g. patient activation, achieving rehabilitation goals). Participants will benefit from the experience of ongoing initiatives and from information exchange between participants using a structured and interactive approach.
Target audience: The course is intended for clinicians, but also intended for any person familiar with basic knowledge of PROs and with an interest in their use for enhancing clinical practice. Participants are likely to benefit from mutual exchange if they already have some experience in the area, although this is not a pre-requisite. Ahead of the course, registered participants will be asked about specific questions they would like to see addressed in the course and about their level of knowledge in the area to refine and tailor the course content. Participants will also receive preparatory reading materials in advance of the course.
Specific Learning Objectives include: