Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) May 19, 2016
Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO) announces Dr. Trevor A. Lentz, PT, PhD, MPh of Duke Clinical Research Institute as recipient of its annual D.L. Hart Memorial International Research Grant to research improved quality of care for musculoskeletal conditions.
The winning research proposal from Dr. Lentz seeks to reduce musculoskeletal pain and opioid abuse by developing an improved version of the OSPRO-YF measure. Specifically, the project uses Item Response Theory (IRT) to improve OSPRO-YF measures of pain associated psychological distress like fear avoidance, negative mood, and positive affect/coping. The IRT-derived OSPRO-YF promises to provide insight into improving patient care and lowering healthcare costs with more precise and reliable estimates of psychological domain performance. When fully developed, the new OSPRO-YF measure could be incorporated into the FOTO Outcomes Management System.