SEMINAR: When Subjective and Objective Outcomes Don’t Align- A Data Based Approach

There has been a paradigm shift in the measurement of clinical and treatment outcomes in the past two decades, with an increasing focus on incorporating patients’ perspectives to supplement physical examination and objective diagnostic investigations. Rigorously developed and validated patient-reported outcome measures are indispensable to understanding the course of an illness or the impact of treatment interventions on health-related quality of life and well-being of individuals. However, very little research has explored the correlation between patient-reported outcome measures and objective test results and how to proceed with diagnoses or decision-making when the PROMs and the objective test results do not align. This talk will focus on the implications of the potential misalignment between PROMs and objective test results and explore ways to address it.

Jennifer Shin, M.D. S.M. serves as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs for the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School, as well as Vice Chair for Faculty Development for the Department of Surgery. She has a longstanding interest in evidence-based practice and has served as Chair of the Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Medicine Leadership Group and Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, as well as Co-chair of the expert panel convened by the Academy to develop their national Clinical Consensus Statement on Pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis. She has also served as Assistant Chair of the Clinical Practice Guideline on Otitis Media with Effusion. Her first book, Evidence-Based Otolaryngology (2008), has been among the publisher’s most accessed works with over 60,000 accessions. Her second book, Otolaryngology Prep and Practice (2012) prepares specialists for daily practice.