In response to increased attention to the assessment of patient-reported outcomes, the science of measuring those outcomes has also advanced. At this year’s ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting, the premeeting Clinical Focus Course will give participants the opportunity to hear from leading clinicians and researchers on current challenges and innovations in measuring patient-reported outcomes.
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Alison Hoens, BSc, PT, MSc, who is experienced with knowledge brokering, research, education, and practice coordination, will provide background on the current state of outcomes measurement. The first two challenges to be addressed will identify which outcomes to measure and how to select outcomes measures. Speakers will be Mark Robbins, MD, MPH, and Salahuddin Kazi, MD, who were instrumental in crafting the ACR’s recommendations for measuring rheumatoid arthritis disease activity in the clinical practice setting, and David Williams, PhD, and Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, MBChB, MD, who are experienced in measuring outcomes for fibromyalgia.
In the first afternoon session, Maria Suarez-Almazor, MD, PhD, and Jennifer Barton, MD, will address the challenges of evaluating patient-reported outcomes in minority and low-literacy populations. Next, Jennifer Stinson, PhD, RN, CPNP, and Christi J. “C.J.” Inman, MD, MS, will share examples of using innovative technologies to measure outcomes. Finally, Dorcas Beaton, PhD, and Jinoos Yazdany, MD, MPH, will complete the course discussion by examining the uses of outcome measurement in clinical practice, as well as for quality assessment and improvement.
Learn more about the latest trends in patient-reported outcomes from these exceptional speakers in this year’s Clinical Focus Course to be held on Saturday, October 26, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego. For more information and to register for this course, please visit www.ACRannualmeeting.org.
Dr. Katz is professor of medicine and health policy in the department of medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, and chair of the ARHP’s Clinical Focus Task Force.