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September 13, 2017

Measurement, Design, andAnalysis Methods for Health Outcomes Research Course: Ware Lecture and Workshop

September 25th-27th, 2017 | Harvard School of Public Health,Boston, MA Dr. Ware will present his annual lecture entitled “New Techniques for Health Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation” at the Measurement, Design, and Analysis Methods for Health Outcomes Research course held from September 25-27 at the Harvard School of Public Health. The lecture will cover the 40-year evolution of survey content and noteworthy milestones in the history of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) as well as some of the most innovative and important recent conceptual and methodological advances.  The latter include new features of items shown to improve their performance over legacy items, standardized underlying metrics for the domains common to most legacy generic PROs, and a new generation of standardized disease-specific PROs that fill the gap between disease-specific symptoms that are not QOL and generic QOL measures that are not disease-specific.  In the afternoon workshop, entitled “The How and Why of Integrating Disease-Specific and Generic Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS)”, Dr. Ware will discuss the use of QOL impact attributions to specific diseases to improve the validity and responsiveness of disease-specific measures, how improved measures can be integrated and compared in a profile that can be standardized across diseases, and the first norm-based scoring for disease-specific measures for the chronically-ill population.  Case studies from early adoptions of these advances in academic medical center applications and clinical trials will be discussed. 
August 20, 2017

40th Anniversary Celebration of the RAND Health Insurance Experiment

June 9th – 10th, 2016 | Rand Corporation, Santa Monica, California Dr. Ware participated in the 2-day celebration of the 40th anniversary of the RAND Health Insurance Experiment (HIE), the largest health policy study in U.S. history. He reunited with his colleagues on the HIE research team and others at RAND’s Santa Monica headquarters for discussions about how this landmark study has changed the health policy landscape over the last few decades.
August 20, 2017

ISOQOL 19th Annual Conference

October 24-27, 2012 | Budapest, Hungary Dr. Ware presented a paper entitled “Evaluation of a More Comprehensive Survey Item Bank for Standardizing Disease-Specific Impact Comparisons across Chronic Conditions”, at the ISOQOL Annual Conference. The paper presented a new Quality of Life Disease Impact Scale (QDIS®) developed by JWRG to fill the gap between widely-used disease-specific and generic patient-reported outcomes (PRO) measures. Preliminary evaluations of QDIS psychometric properties and empirical validity were reported. QDIS metrics standardized across conditions were shown to be sound psychometrically and valid. Combined with norm-based scoring and an integrated “dashboard” display, QDIS allows for easier interpretation of both disease-specific and generic health outcome measures. Tests of the usefulness of such combined information in clinical research and practice are warranted. In addition, Dr. Ware’s afternoon workshop at ISOQOL addressed “Integrating and Improving Generic and Disease-Specific Assessments.” Objectives included showing how both the content and scoring of disease-specific QOL impact measures can be standardized, how to evaluate improvements in QOL impact survey efficiency, and how reduced respondent burden can be achieved without sacrificing reliability and validity.
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