A clinical perspective on electronically collecting patient-reported outcomes at the point-of-care for overactive bladder

Darren Desantis, Richard J. Baverstock, Andrea Civitarese, R. Trafford Crump, Kevin V. Carlson


Introduction: Collecting patient-reported outcomes (PROs) can inform the treatment and management of overactive bladder (OAB). However, collecting these data at the point-of-care can be timeconsuming and have a negative impact on a clinic’s workflow. The purpose of this study was to pilot a digital system for collecting PROs at the point-of-care and qualitatively assess clinicians’ perspectives in terms of the system’s impact on the delivery of care for OAB.

Methods: Patients visiting a urology clinic for OAB completed several PRO instruments using a tablet while awaiting assessment. Clinicians reviewed their responses using a digital dashboard during clinical encounters. Qualitative interviews were conducted with the clinicians, to assess the collection system’s impact in terms of: 1) logistics, 2) workflow; 3) patient communication; 4) influence on clinical decisions; 5) user experiences; and 6) the care model.

Results: Six interviews were conducted and thematic saturation was met, with several themes emerging. All participants were generally positive regarding the use of the digital collecting system. Participants felt that the dashboard improved workflow and enhanced communication with patients, but it was not thought to be any more influential on clinical decision-making than conventional collection methods. Several aspects of the digital PRO collection system were identified as needing improvement.

Conclusions: The digital PRO collection system used at the pointof- care had a positive impact on the delivery of care for OAB. The results from this study could provide insight to other urologists who are interested in collecting PROs in their clinic.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5489/cuaj.3757