When it comes to the measurement of Clinical Outcomes to be used as Surgeon Data, there are three different kinds of questionnaires being utilised. Each one is meant to measure different aspects of a patient’s health. Some of these are referred to as Patient Reported Outcome Measures, PROMs, and sometimes they are referred to as SCORES.
SCORES for Specific Conditions
SCORES are meant to measure specific factors related to the illness, problem or condition you have such as a shoulder or knee condition. These measures are used worldwide and are designed specifically for the measurement and changes within conditions that are considered to be ‘musculoskeletal.’ Even those questions which may seem irrelevant to you should be completed if at all possible.
The way in which a SCORE questionnaire works is to invite the patient to participate prior to, and at various times after, they have received treatment. However, there may be times when the healthcare provider may ask a patient to complete a totally different questionnaire after having made a definitive diagnosis.
Questionnaire on Patient History
When asked to complete the patient history questionnaire form for Surgeon Data, you are being asked about your current levels of activity and the general state of your health as you perceive it. This will help your surgeon to make an in-depth evaluation on the effect of treatments. An example of this would be when the surgeon could use your information to authenticate why a particular surgery is best completed at a specific time after an injury is sustained or perhaps by doing the surgery when a patient is otherwise in good health.
A patient should understand that the SCORES questionnaire is only going to be completed once at the very commencement of treatment. After that the surgeon may also want to ask some of the questions you already answered on the form during consultation. This is because he or she may want further information in regards to your condition or may simply want to hear your explanation in person. Even so, you should understand that by having already completed the SCORES questionnaire you will be in a better position to answer those questions because you have already thought them through and this will allow for a more systematic way to collect Surgeon Data.
The International EQ-5D Questionnaire
Having been developed by an international organisation for health outcomes, the EQ-5D is an extremely short questionnaire that simply seeks to measure a patient’s general health. This form is accessed via the organisation’s website that is maintained by them and allows for the measurement of changes within the patient’s perceived state of general wellbeing and health during treatments.
What Is Done with the Patient Information after It Has Been Provided?
Any data having been collected is analysed for auditing and evaluating care you are given. This provides a much better understanding of any risks or benefits within the treatments being provided, and thus gives your healthcare provider the chance to make improvements or develop new strategies as needed.
You should also understand that any information you provide, although it may be published for use by our healthcare partners, will remain anonymous. In other words, it is an aggregation of information collected that in no way can identify the patient/s personally. Our company that developed and operates SCORES software, Amplitude, also operates an assortment of orthopaedic registries and you may be asked whether or not we have your permission to pass your data on to them.
Personal Data – Is It Secure?
First of all, we would like you to know that Amplitude securely stores any information you provide. We are, as stated above, the company that operates SCORES software. We would like you to know that we hold ISO 270001 certification for our data centre. This ensures you that the Surgeon Data information we store is done so extremely securely.
It should also be understood that any personal information we need to collect such as your date of birth and name is only collected so that we can link individual questionnaires with treatments being given. We will, under no circumstances whatsoever, supply any information to other parties that can be identifiable without prior consent from the patient to do so.