Why it’s time to move from the Stone Age to the Modern Age…
We are all taught the concepts and benefits of outcomes measurement in school.While most physiotherapists will agree that collecting outcomes is good practice, unless required, we have difficulty following through and implementing the practice of outcomes collection into our everyday clinic workflow. Why is this?
The obvious answers are that we are too busy, the patient says it takes too much time, or the front desk staff complains about the extra work.Does this mean that the pain is not worth the gain? If so, then what if we had a solution that decreased the pain and increased the gain? Let’s consider the benefits of electronic outcomes over the traditional pencil and paper method.
Benefits of FOTO’s Electronic Outcomes Measures
Electronic outcomes collection saves time for the clinic and reduces the patient burden. A single assessment takes 30 seconds to set up, 3-5 minutes for the patient to complete, and no time to score – that’s it! Plus, a report specific to each patient is automatically generated. Paper assessments tend to take about 5-10 minutes for the patient to complete plus the front desk staff or physiotherapist must manually score the survey and there is no report or summary- just a raw score.
The “smart” assessments are customized for each patient. The assessments are “smart.”This is called Computer Adaptive Testing, aka the “CAT.”Each assessment begins with a Each assessment begins by asking the patient about a functional activity that is of moderate difficulty and immediately adjusts what next question will be asked based on the patient’s previous question response. This means the patient only answers 4-6 relevant questions.
Individualized patient reports are based on the patient’s actual profile. The score the patient receives at the end of the intake assessment immediately translates to how the patient is functioning now.The risk-adjusted rehabilitation predictors give the clinician and the patient realistic benchmarks for the patient’s function at the end of treatment.This increases patient engagement and treatment compliance.The immediate results of patient improvement and satisfaction improves clinical decision making.
Risk-adjusted aggregate reports provide objective quality metrics. Risk-adjusted aggregate results of treatment effectiveness, efficiency, and patient satisfaction are automatically available in real-time reports that are easily viewed or shared. Risk-adjusted aggregate data is needed to objectively measure the quality of care.It allows for fair and accurate comparisons and gives the “big picture” over time of the value of care provided to patients.
Read more here about CAT and what sets electronic outcomes apart from legacy outcomes.