Putting patient voice at the front of healthcare

When it comes to decision-making in healthcare, how much consideration should be given to patient voice? Cardiology experts will get to the heart of the issue at the first Research Tuesdays lecture for 2023.

Health indicators, such as quality of life, are usually assessed solely by clinicians—but this can lead to noncompliance, reports of dissatisfaction, and for marginalised groups it can even result in medical discrimination.

Similar challenges exist in clinical trials, where study participants rarely represent a true cross section of average patients. Clearly, accurate health assessments aren’t always easy.

The University of Adelaide is spotlighting two practices making a difference: data registries and Patient-Reported Outcome questionnaires (PROs).

According to cardiology researchers, cardiovascular registries are adding much-needed information to the evidence spectrum—and PROs are empowering people with heart disease to tell their stories, be heard, and experience improved wellbeing.

With more reliable, ethical, and cost-effective healthcare within reach these tools will have a bigger role to play and further research is needed to measure their impact on care.

Attend the University of Adelaide’s latest Research Tuesday session in-person or virtually to find out more.

Professor John Spertus is a renowned cardiologist—recognised as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”—and the Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair and Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he serves as Clinical Director of Outcomes Research at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute. He is also an Affiliate Professor at the University of Adelaide, and co-investigator on several Australian National Health and Medical Research Council grants.

Professor Frederick Masoudi is the Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Clinical Research and Analytics at Ascension—one of the largest private health systems in the United States. He is internationally recognised for his achievements, receiving the American Heart Association (AHA) Quality of Care and Outcomes Research (QCOR) Scientific Council Distinguished Service Award and the AHA QCOR Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award. Professor Masoudi currently teaches at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus. 

WHAT: Research Tuesdays: Healthcare overhaul
WHEN: Tuesday 14 February, 5.30pm start. For in-person attendance the doors will open at 5.10 pm
WHERE: The Braggs Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide, North Terrace.
COST: Free (registration for webinar and in-person attendance).
FURTHER DETAILS: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/research/events/research-tuesdays
REGISTER FOR IN-PERSON: Search ‘Research Tuesdays’ in Eventbrite.

WATCH A RECORDING LATER: A recording will be available on the Research Tuesdays Series YouTube  within 24-48 hours after the event. This YouTube channel also has recordings of previous Research Tuesdays, including topics like ‘Hydrogen Headway’ and ‘Plant Power’.