We are pleased to see the release of the study validating the feasibility of collecting patient-reported outcome data as a part of standard care.
The more outcomes collected, the better for all! The goal was to show that it is possible to collect PROs in the clinical setting and as other have previously demonstrated, it can be done successfully.
However, as other in clinic programs have demonstrated, the cost in both time and resources was not discussed.
Widespread adoption of an in-clinic PRO collection program would require further investigation into the three primary areas:
- What are the pre-op vs. post-op capture rates? Annual post-op data is the bear minimum standard for relevance.
- What was the total cost of the program? Tablets, software, database management, research assistants, etc… absolutely have to be considered.
- How will it be possible to follow-up on patients who don’t present back to the treating physicians office or hospital. Numerous studies have demonstrated that over 50% of patients with complications follow-up at an outside provider or hospital?
At CODE, we have a platform for providing a cost-effective and sustainable system for collecting outcomes at routine intervals outside of clinic. 10,000 TJA patients have successfully completed PROs from the comfort of their own home. Contact one of our outcomes consultants to learn more how we can design and implement the ideal out-of-clinic outcome program for collecting patient-reported outcome data at your hospital or private practice.