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J Am Coll Radiol. 2018 Oct 5. pii: S1546-1440(18)31063-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2018.08.033. [Epub ahead of print]

Electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes: Semi-Automated Data Collection in the Interventional Radiology Clinic.

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1
Division of Interventional Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California.
2
Division of Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California.
3
Division of Interventional Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California. Electronic address: lhofmann@stanford.edu.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Patient-reported outcomes are important for clinical research and will likely be used in the near future as a metric for physician reimbursement. This study aims to evaluate the implementation of an electronic data collection system for deep vein thrombosis and lymphedema quality-of-life (QOL) questionnaires in a tertiary care interventional radiology practice.

METHODS:

A single provider's clinic patients were automatically e-mailed validated questionnaires 1 week before their appointments. If not completed via e-mail, the questionnaire was administered on an electronic tablet in clinic by a research coordinator. Patients were also sent postprocedure questionnaires.

RESULTS:

In all, 106 patients visited the clinic for a pre-intervention venous consultation. Of them, 96% (n = 102 of 106) completed the pre-intervention questionnaire: 48% (n = 47 of 98) via e-mail and 52% (n = 51 of 98) via tablet. Of the patients who had procedures and were sent questionnaires, 49% (n = 26 of 53) were seen in person. Of the postprocedure in-person clinic patients, 76% (n = 20 of 26) completed the questionnaire via e-mail, and the remainder with the tablet in clinic. Twenty-seven of the 53 (51%) patients did not return for follow-up and instead were sent an electronic questionnaire as their only source of follow-up, of which 74% (n = 20 of 27) complied.

CONCLUSION:

After an initial introduction to electronic QOL reporting, patients were more likely to complete the questionnaires remotely for their follow-up appointment. A semi-automated electronic QOL system allows physicians to collect patient outcome data even in the absence of a clinic visit.

KEYWORDS:

CHOIR; DVT; ePRO; lymphedema; patient-reported outcomes

PMID:
30297246
DOI:
10.1016/j.jacr.2018.08.033

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