Developing a patient reported outcome measure for joint replacement patients

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research
St Vincent's Hospital
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A/Prof Michelle Dowsey Personal web page
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Dr Darshini Ayton Personal web page

Project Details

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care recognises that patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) are an emerging method to assess the quality of health care from the patient perspective. A patient-reported outcome (PROs) is a patient’s assessment of their health and well-being without input from a clinician or anyone else. PROs measure the patients’ quality of life, not the clinician’s quality of care. However, insight in patients’ quality of life can indicate where health care system improvement is needed.

Joint replacement surgery is one of the most common elective procedures undertaken in Australia with almost 100,000 joints replaced annually. Therefore, exploring PRO for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery will improve understanding of recovery and inform the provision and delivery of health and support services.The aim of this project is to develop and validate a new PROM for joint replacement patients using patient centred methods. The PROM will be brief to increase clinical utility. A mixed methods approach will be undertaken and will involve focus groups and interviews with patients to identify outcomes, a discrete choice experiment survey to test preferences of outcomes and a Rasch analysis to validate the outcomes.

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes


Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research
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St Vincent's Hospital

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