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Health Outcomes Workshops



University of Wollongong’s Sydney Business School, Gateway Building, at 1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay in Sydney's CBD

Morning Workshop. Measuring & Managing Health Outcomes: An Overview

Presenter: Associate Professor Jan Sansoni, Director, Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration; Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.

Course Information:

There is a growing international focus on health outcomes evaluation as has been demonstrated by recent initiatives in the UK, USA, Sweden, and the Netherlands and by international consortia (e.g. the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement, ICHOM). This section will provide an overview of the current Australian and international focus on health outcomes. Definitions and a health outcomes framework will be explored. The different type of outcome measures clinical/biological indicators; health outcomes related performance indicators, standardised clinical assessments and patient reported outcome measures) used in health outcomes evaluation will be examined. The health outcomes focus will be discussed in relation to population health and health gain, evidence based health care, quality improvement activities, guideline development, outcome benchmarking and ‘value-based’ health care activities that may be undertaken by health and community care organisations. The patient-centred focus of health outcomes and the use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) and patient experience measures (PREMs) will be discussed.

The workshop will also be concerned with discussing standardised measures used to assess health status and health related quality of life as outcome measures of treatment/healthcare interventions. The constructs of well-being, quality of life and health related quality of life will be reviewed. Participants will be asked to complete some patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in order to discuss some of the practical and research issues that arise when using these instruments for patient/client based assessments. The typology of measures and indicators will be briefly examined as will the psychometric properties that apply to instruments (reliability, validity, responsiveness to change, cultural appropriateness etc.). Utility instruments used for cost utility analysis will be briefly discussed. Outcome measurement suites will also be examined. The group will discuss issues that are relevant to the selection of measures and instruments used to ascertain health outcomes within the context of quality improvement and health service evaluation.

Afternoon Workshop. Outcomes Evaluation & Benchmarking: Applications of Outcome Measurement

Presenters: Professor Kathy Eagar, Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI), University of Wollongong; Ms Frances Simmonds, Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre, AHSRI; Associate Professor Jan Sansoni, Australian Health Outcomes Collaboration; AHSRI.

Course Information:

There is much international interest concerning the development and use of standardised outcome measurement suites for systematically ascertaining patient outcomes from health treatments as a means of assessing their effectiveness. AHSRI, in conjunction with other collaborating centres, has developed outcomes measurement suites for outcomes evaluation and benchmarking for a range of health and community care programs.

AHSRI has established and operates a number of clinical quality registries, including the Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC), the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC), and the Electronic Persistent Pain Outcomes Centre (ePOCC) and has also worked closely with the Australian Mental Health Outcomes and Casemix Collection Network (AMHOCCN). These clinical quality registries have enabled benchmarking of outcomes across facilities in ways that control for patient variation.

Using registry examples, this workshop will discuss using outcome measures for performance benchmarking. Issues concerning the selection of appropriate measures (both clinician rated and patient reported), data collection and the logistics of implementation are examined. The analysis and interpretation of the data and how to avoid some common pitfalls will be explored. Examples will be used to demonstrate the value of clinical outcome benchmarking and to explore the challenge of translating data findings to achieve process change.

The session will conclude with a discussion of applications for outcome evaluation and benchmarking in developing service networks, promoting information exchange and for service improvement.

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