Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Voice Patient-centered outcomes research is critically important to improving the management of patients with voice disorders. Currently, wide variation in outcome definitions and treatment decisions exist. It is the responsibility of voice clinicians and researchers to improve the quality of and access to care for patients with voice disorders through the ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2014
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Voice
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  • David O. Francis
    Department of Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt Voice Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
  • Disclosure: Financial: David O. Francis received funding support from the National Institutes of Health.
    Disclosure: Financial: David O. Francis received funding support from the National Institutes of Health.×
  • Nonfinancial: David O. Francis has no nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: David O. Francis has no nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Article   |   March 01, 2014
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Voice
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2014, Vol. 24, 21-31. doi:10.1044/vvd24.1.21
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2014, Vol. 24, 21-31. doi:10.1044/vvd24.1.21

Patient-centered outcomes research is critically important to improving the management of patients with voice disorders. Currently, wide variation in outcome definitions and treatment decisions exist. It is the responsibility of voice clinicians and researchers to improve the quality of and access to care for patients with voice disorders through the conduct of collaborative and rigorous patient-centered outcomes and comparative effectiveness research. Patients are the ultimate arbiter of their treatment, but need reliable and valid information to make informed decisions. Improving outcomes research will require collaborations among clinicians and study design experts in epidemiology, biostatistics, and data analysis. Moreover, researchers should be encouraged to compare the effectiveness of current treatments, which, to date, are implemented with little systematic, rigorous reinforcing evidence. Patient-reported outcomes research is increasingly emphasized by funding sources and in health care regulation. Oversight is inevitable and the voice community must ensure that it can justify those treatments that we know are beneficial to patients through compelling and patient-centered outcomes research.

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