Quantitative researchers at Endpoint Outcomes overview some of the history that underpins the scoring approaches that are used in clinical outcome assessments in a new white paper.
- The contributions to instrument scoring from the fields of psychophysics, intelligence testing, scaling, attitude measurement, and classical and modern test theories
- The use of scoring approaches in medical research and a brief introduction into the mathematics that constitute scoring
- Potential consequences of different approaches to scoring
Endpoint Outcomes is pleased to welcome a new senior research associate, Elliott Blatt, to our Boston office:
Prior to joining Endpoint Outcomes, Elliott worked at The Fenway Institute helping conduct a health needs assessment for transgender and non-binary populations. Elliott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University as well as a Masters in Public Health degree from Boston University.
Boston team members proved yet again, there isn’t an escape room that can hold them. Sadly, the same never seems to be true of the Long Beach office. Clients are encouraged to contact the Boston office in the first instance to secure the most intelligent team members for their projects.
Endpoint Outcomes will be presenting at the International Society for Quality of Life Research 26th Annual Conference in San Diego, California on October 20-23, 2019. Dave Andrae will be presenting on “Scoring methods: History, practices, and pragmatic implications for different options”. Martha Gauthier and Nate Johnson will be presenting on “Identification and recommendations of readability tests for the evaluation of clinical outcome assessments (COAs)”.
Endpoint Outcomes is pleased to welcome Ian Clarkson as a new research associate to our Boston office:
Prior to joining Endpoint Outcomes, Ian spent a year with AmeriCorps as a Site Coordinator for Reading Partners in Baltimore, Maryland. Ian holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Music and concentrations in Chemistry and Mathematical Methods from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
A manuscript co-authored by Chris Evans and Brooke Witherspoon reports on the preferences for use and design of electronic patient-reported outcomes in COPD. The results were recently published: Dumais KM, Dias N, Khurana L, Gary ST, Witherspoon B, Evans CJ, Dallabrida SM. Preferences for use and design of electronic patient‑reported outcomes in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Patient (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40271-019-00376-9.
Endpoint Outcomes is pleased to welcome Flora Chang as a new research associate to our Long Beach office:
Flora is responsible for collecting, coding and analyzing patient-level data for the development and validation of patient, clinician or observer reported outcomes. Prior to joining Endpoint Outcomes, Flora interned at Alacrita Consulting in London and at Keratin Biosciences in North Carolina. Additionally, Flora worked at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in a stress reduction clinical study for patients with migraines. Flora holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wake Forest University.
Endpoint Outcomes is pleased to welcome Adriana Estrada as a new research coordinator to our Long Beach office:
Adriana is responsible for coordinating patient recruitment activities across all studies, including liaising with patients and physicians to manage consent, screening, enrollment and other related activities. She is also responsible for managing IRB submissions and approvals across all studies. Additionally, Adriana supports other project and research related activities, such as quality checking documents. Adriana has undergraduate research experience in health disparities among Latinos. Adriana holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from University of California, San Diego.
Shayna Egan, Siobhan McDonold, Caitlin Pohl and Chris Evans will be presenting posters at the ISPOR meeting in New Orleans in May. For this ISPOR we decided to share some methodological work we have been conducting in the areas of concept elicitation with pediatric subjects and the effect placebo response may have on patient-reported outcome measures. The topics presented are:
- Development of Illustrations to Facilitate Concept Elicitation Interviews with Pediatric Participants
- The role of treatment expectancy on the placebo response as it pertains to the development and implementation of patient-reported outcome measures
The Long Beach and Boston offices came together for a week long retreat to discuss current developments and methodological issues in our field. The topics we covered included: presenting psychometric results, systematic and pragmatic literature reviews, exit interviews, scoring in psychometric studies, current COA issues with the FDA, ensuring consistency across PROs, conceptual equivalency studies and user experience/user interface and usability testing. The retreat was held in Red Rocks area of Las Vegas and the team enjoyed time hiking in the desert and hanging out on the Las Vegas strip.