New Techniques for Health Outcomes Measurement and Evaluation

August 18th – 20th, 2014 | Boston, MA

Dr. Ware presented 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 August 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014 at the Harvard School of Public Health. The lecture covered noteworthy conceptual and methodological developments in patient-reported outcomes (PRO) measurement, advantages of standardization (in both content, and underlying metrics), advances in psychometric methods and norm-based scoring (for both generic and disease-specific PROs), examples of improved electronic data capture and connectivity, and the future of more comprehensive and more practical PRO information systems in health care. Dr. Ware’s afternoon workshops during the Harvard course addressed “Advances in Integrating Generic and Disease-Specific Assessments and Making them More Efficient and Useful.” Objectives included discussing how both the content and scoring of disease-specific QOL impact measures can be standardized, how to evaluate improvements in disease-specifi8c and generic QOL surveys, and how reduced respondent burden can be achieved without sacrificing reliability and validity. Examples from ongoing outcome registries were presented. More information can be found here.

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