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OUTCOMES SHOULD BE GRADED WITH THE PATIENT’S PERSPECTIVE IN MIND, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Procedures or treatments accorded a success by medical standards may not seem so to the patient.  Think urinary incontinence after removal of a cancerous prostate gland.  Now Albert Wu and colleagues at Johns Hopkins are attempting to include the patient’s own outcome assessment in their medical record, in a way that medical professionals can understand.

WU: These are tests.  Like any test we can get information.  What we’d like to do is allow doctors to order tests which can tell them about their patient’s feelings and functioning and patient viewpoint, which is the portal that we’ve developed, to allow physicians and patients to do just that.  The physician can order a test.  A email appears in the patient’s box and asks them to fill out a questionnaire.  They fill it out, they can see what  the results are and so can the physician in the electronic medical record.    :31

Such information can then be used to help others make informed decisions regarding treatments or procedures.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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