A Guest Blog by Richard Seiden
As a patient who has undergone multiple joint replacement surgeries (hip, knee, shoulder), I have learned a few things from my experience. Sharing what I’ve learned and making a difference in patient outcomes is important to me, but how? I’m a patient, not a doctor.
I have come to realize that I can play a meaningful role in improving care for future surgery patients, including myself, by doing what my doctor asks of me, and that includes participating in the patient-reported outcome (PRO) surveys. The surveys are offered by health care provider sites participating in a clinical data registry. Sites can include hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), or physician offices. I simply answer a few questions prior to and after my surgery. This enables my surgeon and clinical team to monitor my self-reported recovery, my pain levels, and my return to daily activities. Through my participation, I am also providing direct personal input into a larger quality improvement effort. The aggregated data from those efforts can, over time, improve the processes, protocols, device selection, and recovery techniques available to other patients in the future. Sharing my recovery and related levels of satisfaction, also educates surgeons and clinicians regarding best practices in patient care. Here is how we, as patients, can assist.