Clinicians who are uncomfortable wading through the literature to figure out which outcomes measures may be best for them may prefer to learn about such tools at various professional meetings. For example, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) recently included a workshop on this topic in its pre-convention meeting and will offer more courses in the future. Back to Top | Article Outline BUILDING MEASUREMENT INTO DAILY PRACTICE Perhaps the biggest impediment discouraging clinicians from measuring patient outcomes is that their daily work schedules are already jammed with patient appointments. Johnson advises practitioners to keep it simple by selecting short and easy self-report tests that can be completed by patients as they sit in the waiting room. Consider setting up a computer station in the waiting area, she suggests, so patients can log their responses directly into the computer, thus eliminating the need for someone else to transfer the data later. The small investment in scoring software also frees up time for the provider by making manual calculations to score portable solar power and assess the results unnecessary, Johnson adds. John W. Reis, AuD, who owns audiology practices in the Iowa towns of Boone, Fort Dodge, and Ames, intends to begin measuring outcomes later this year by using one of the tools already loaded in his new office-management software package. The system will enable him to seat patients in front of a computer screen in his waiting rooms and have them answer questions right on the screen. A handful of popular self-report tools are available, including the APHAB, complete with scoring capabilities, he notes, adding that he hasn't yet decided which one to use. Once they have selected and set up a testing system in their practice, hearing care professionals must be fully committed to the process, says Danhauer, who warns that this can be tougher than one expects.
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