Measuring Outcomes in Audiology It is difficult to read an article about national health care issues today without coming across the topic of outcomes. The emphasis on outcomes represents a major shift in focus from a provider-driven to a payer/patient-driven system over the last 20 years. In the past, the provider (usually a ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2003
Measuring Outcomes in Audiology
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Harvey B. Abrams
    VA Medical Center, Bay Pines, FL
    University of South Florida, St. Peterburg, FL
  • Theresa Hnath Chisolm
    VA Medical Center, Bay Pines, FL
    University of South Florida, St. Peterburg, FL
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Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2003
Measuring Outcomes in Audiology
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2003, Vol. 11, 2-5. doi:10.1044/arii11.2.2
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, October 2003, Vol. 11, 2-5. doi:10.1044/arii11.2.2
It is difficult to read an article about national health care issues today without coming across the topic of outcomes. The emphasis on outcomes represents a major shift in focus from a provider-driven to a payer/patient-driven system over the last 20 years. In the past, the provider (usually a physician) would prescribe a treatment, bill for the treatment, and receive payment from the patient or third-party payer without any consideration given as to the appropriateness or effectiveness of that treatment. In an attempt to control health care costs and improve quality of care, the appropriateness and effectiveness of prescribed treatment is under constant review by insurers, managed care organizations, state and federal governments, health care policy makers, and the patient. The purpose of this brief tutorial is to describe the major concepts of clinical outcome measures as they apply to audiologic practice.
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