ABC-tool reinvented: development of a disease-specific ‘Assessment of Burden of Chronic Conditions (ABCC)-tool’ for multiple chronic conditions

Published on 2020-01-14T05:14:20Z (GMT) by
Abstract Background Numerous instruments have been developed to assess patient reported outcomes; most approaches however focus on a single condition. With the increasing prevalence of multimorbidity, this might no longer be appropriate. Moreover, a more comprehensive approach that facilitates shared decision making and stimulates self-management is most likely more valuable for clinical practice than a questionnaire alone. This study aims to transform the Assessment of Burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (ABC)-tool into the Assessment of Burden of Chronic Conditions (ABCC)-tool for COPD, asthma, and diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2). The tool consists of a scale, a visualisation of the outcomes, and treatment advice. Methods Requirements for the tool were formulated. Questionnaires were developed based on a literature study of existing questionnaires, clinical guidelines, interviews with patients and healthcare providers, and input from an expert group. Cut-off points and treatment advice were determined to display the results and to provide practical recommendations. Results The ABCC-scale consists of a generic questionnaire and disease-specific questionnaires, which can be combined into a single individualized questionnaire for each patient. Results are displayed in one balloon chart, and each domain includes practical recommendations. Conclusions The ABCC-tool is expected to facilitate conversations between a patient and a healthcare provider, and to help formulate treatment plans and care plans with personalised goals. By facilitating an integrated approach, this instrument can be applied in a variety of circumstances and disease combinations.

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Boudewijns, Esther; Claessens, Danny; Schayck, Onno; Keijsers, Lotte; Salomé, Philippe; Veen, Johannes; et al. (2020): ABC-tool reinvented: development of a disease-specific ‘Assessment of Burden of Chronic Conditions (ABCC)-tool’ for multiple chronic conditions. figshare. Collection. https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.4815981.v1