Making the Subjective Objective: Outcome Measures in Clinical Orthopaedic Research

June 4, 2012 Grand Rounds Video: Making the Subjective Objective: Outcome Measures in Clinical Orthopaedic Research


Frederick Matsen III, MD, Professor
Elizabeth Dailey, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery Resident
Darin Davidson, MD, Assistant Professor
Michael Lee, MD, Assistant Professor

In this Grand Rounds, Dr. Elizabeth Dailey discusses the definition of outcomes research and its historical and contemporary contexts. Dr. Michael Lee then discusses the significance of orthopaedic complications and how the nature of complications has a large impact on outcomes. Through the use of a case study, Dr. Lee shows the challenging nature of guiding our patients through complications and what the implications are on their health care costs. Finally, the doctors discuss the difficult topic of which outcomes to use in our patient populations and what this means for health care policy. Dr. Darin Davidson draws from his extensive outcomes research background in sarcoma patients to describe and explain quality of life, then uses this premise to guide us through clinical decision-making in a case study using quality of life as a guiding principle.