The increasing importance of patients’ perspectives and their engagement in disease management—both on an individual and population level—has led to a substantial shift in therapeutic approaches towards a more patient-centred model of care. As part of this patient-centred approach, reliable information originating straight from a patient is collected and used to assess treatment outcomes and the quality of patient management. Such health outcomes reported directly by a patient are referred to as Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs); health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) is an essential part of these PROs.
This course will present the basic concepts of HR-QoL research, including the main HR-QoL models underlying HR-QoL measures, how they are constructed, how they work, how the generated scores are interpreted, and their relevance in a clinical context.
So, if you need to gain more insight into patients’ reports, this course is for you!
PRO, QoL, and HR-QoL: basic concepts and differences
QoL measures – theoretical background
Item structure – index and profile
Scales and scores
PRO development, translation, and adaptation for use in different cultures and condition of use
PRO examples and practical applications, including medical device development
Measuring QoL in
Medical decision making
PRO and QoL in publications
Clinicians, medical doctors, health care professionals, pharmaceutical companies (primarily medical, clinical, and R&D departments), national health service decision-makers, or anyone who works with (or plans to work with) QoL measures, including their development, interpretation, selection, and utilization.
Online interactive training, comprising discussions, group exercises, and Q&A
Maria Kołtowska-Häggström, MD, PhD is a co-owner of Proper Medical Writing, the first Polish medical writing agency, and an independent consultant, affiliated to the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
After completing her medical studies in Wrocław, Poland, Maria worked for ten years as a paediatrician. In 1991, she began working within the pharmaceutical industry where she gained experience in both the marketing and medical sides of the business. Between 2001 and 2013, Maria worked at Pharmacia (later Pfizer) in Stockholm, Sweden, where she held various responsibilities for large research databases.
Maria was a leading member of numerous research groups investigating growth hormone disorders in paediatric and adult patients managed in the real-life clinical setting. She has an extensive track record of quality of life and patient-reported outcomes research. She has also gained a wide experience in different ways of data presentation i.e. oral and poster presentations as well as publications. Furthermore, she lectured at different meetings related to late phase drug development and data management and drug safety evaluation.
She is a member of the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), European Association of Scientific Editors (EASE), European Society of Endocrinology (ESE), and Growth Hormone Research Society (GRS). As a long-time EMWA member, Maria is a trainer and a workshop leader, section editor for Medical Writing and a chair of the Expert Seminar Series Organizing Committee.
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