July 1996 Bulletin

Many interested in joining outcomes data collection

A survey of participants at the Academy's Orthopaedic Research Forum, held March 28, found all respondents were interested in pursuing the joint development of common outcomes data collection instruments.

The Academy is developing an outcomes data collection program that will lead to development of a national database useful for individual practice assessment and research. The forum was held to discuss the involvement in outcomes research of 23 other musculoskeletal health care organizations and whether there is an interest in sharing resources and costs of research.

The respondents said they were interested in sharing data base technology, but almost unanimously believed they had little infrastructure or knowledge to contribute.

All were interested in pursuing a joint outcomes data collection project, provided they could be part of the planning process, and they were interested in the development of a new multispecialty organization to assist in the coordination of joint outcomes activities.

The respondents to the survey were representatives of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, American College of Rheumatology, American Society of Hand Therapists, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, BONES Society, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, and the State Medical Society of Wisconsin.

Heather Fraser and Val Bias who testified about the problems of "gag" clauses.

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