How the GLA:D Canada team is handling a large dataset with ease
GLA:D Canada is a community-based education and exercise program for people with hip and knee osteoarthritis. The program is being implemented at multiple sites across Canada and is expected to include a large number of patients. The quality of the program is being monitored through the collection of data. Patients are asked to consent to completing questionnaires, once before and twice after the program. For a project of this magnitude, a well-designed data collection system is essential.
Prior to having this automated system, a project like this one would require personnel to make contact with these patients, to carry-out the consent process, to administer the questionnaires, to follow-up with the participants and to track their status. DADOS accomplishes all of this in a well-organized and efficient manner. Using DADOS, patients are able to self-register, give consent to participate electronically, and complete their questionnaire. The system also sends out email reminders when the next questionnaire is due. All this significantly reduces research-related time, effort, and costs.
The GLA:D Canada team often leverages two additional features in DADOS:
When asked about their favourite aspects of DADOS, the GLA:D Canada team stated,
During this time of managing COVID-19, rehabilitation clinics across Canada are limited in their ability to provide face to face treatment to their patients.
The GLA:D® program is an education and exercise program which promotes independence in physical activity. For many people the program can be completed independently at home with supervision and direction from a qualified therapist. As such many of the GLA:D trained clinicians are now providing the program remotely through visual technology, working with their patients through smart phones, tablets or laptops.
In a recent study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, researchers compared 2-year results from two randomized studies to determine what treatment – non-surgical management or total knee replacement – fits the needs of the individual patient with knee osteoarthritis.
The study found that the patients who had surgery performed after a non-surgical treatment experienced greater pain relief and improvement than those with the surgery alone. Read the full article to learn why it’s important for the patient to undergo an optimal non-surgical treatment program before considering surgery.
The GLA:D® program is an education and exercise program that has helped thousands of people with hip and knee osteoarthritis manage their symptoms of pain and loss of function. Using DADOS, the GLA:D team is able to collect outcomes of participants across the country with all data housed in a single database. DADOS allows for seamless participant registration, survey completion, and offers reminders for follow-up surveys at the prescribed time points.
Patient-reported outcomes are fundamental in moving health care closer to a value-based model. A recent article published in Health IT Analytics lists some best practices for optimizing your collection of PROs, such as setting clear goals, using validated questions, and avoiding repetitions. Learn more about these and other recommendations to ensure your tools measure the desired outcomes: https://healthitanalytics.com/news/strategies-for-collecting-high-quality-patient-reported-outcomes
Interested in adding PROs to your practice? DADOS is a platform for securely collecting PROs and can help healthcare providers determine the right care for their patients in real time.
According to the eClinical Landscape Study from Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, 97% of life sciences companies expect to increase the use of clinical data sources over the next three years to make faster, more accurate decisions during clinical trials. Ninety-eight per cent of 250 respondent companies, however, currently have challenges with their clinical data management applications. Ninety-three percent aim to use electronic patient reported outcomes and electronic clinical outcome assessment as sources in three years. Read the full article to learn more about the challenges facing clinical data management systems.
DADOS enables the use of clinical data sources in electronic patient record (EPR) systems through connectors to non-operational data repositories (NODR), which are a mirror copy of the EPR.
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