An investigation of methods to improve recall for the patient-reported outcome measurement in COPD patients: a pilot randomised control trial and feasibility study protocol

Published on 2019-07-19T04:16:53Z (GMT) by
Abstract Background Patient-reported outcomes (PRO) are used to measure the effectiveness of interventions for management of chronic conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Many of these instruments require respondents to describe the change in their health status from baseline to a follow-up assessment and poor recall of previous health status often limits the usefulness and validity of these PRO measures. The use of technology has recently increased in PRO measurement. This study aims to mitigate the problems of poor recall by evaluating different strategies as a way to improve the validity of recall of health status among adults with COPD. Methods A pilot randomised controlled trial of three strategies to improve patient recall will be tested in an acute care clinical environment. The first strategy is the use of tablet computer technology’s audio-visual facility, the second strategy is the provision of base line PRO responses prior to patients completing their follow-up questionnaires and third is standard practice of completing a questionnaire independently of previous responses. The feasibility of conducting this study in a busy clinical environment will be ascertained using the NIHR criteria for assessing feasibility. Discussion There is variability in a person’s ability to recall past events. With studies utilising patient-reported outcome measurement, it has become critically important to develop strategies and ways of supporting the patient to be more accurate recalling their health status. The adaptation of various technological features within mobile devices may provide an opportunity in clinical research studies to improve patient recall of their health status. Trial registration ANZCTR12618001605280 .

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Smith, Sheree; Jan, Stephen; Descallar, Joseph; Marks, Guy (2019): An investigation of methods to improve recall for the patient-reported outcome measurement in COPD patients: a pilot randomised control trial and feasibility study protocol. figshare. Collection.