Orthotic device use by Service members and Veterans is growing, yet outcomes assessment and quality measure development for orthotic services lags far behind other healthcare specialties. Orthotists acknowledge the value of quality measures, but cannot adopt measures used in other healthcare settings because they have not been validated for orthosis users. Thus, the objective of this project is to develop data collection modules that can be used to improve the quality of services for users of ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs), the largest group of orthosis users.
1. Identify issues that are important to the quality of care for AFO users as well as items and instruments that can be used to assess these quality issues.
2. Evaluate and validate patient-reported outcome instruments using performance instruments.
3. Specify items required for quality measure development and design data collection modules that can be used in quality improvement efforts and to demonstrate accountability of health care delivery.
Advisory Committee Meeting 2020
The project's Advisory Committee met on March 4, 2020 to review results, shown in the cover photo above.