Recommendations from the 2019 Symposium on Including Functional Status Measurement in Standard Patient Care

Focusing on short-term outcomes in health care does not assist in creating a healthier population nor does it support appropriate allocation of financial resources. Focusing on measuring, documenting, and improving function is an essential next step toward improving the health and lives of patients. To address this issue, ACOEM and the American Psychological Association in collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health convened a Patient-reported Functional Status Symposium on June 28, 2019, at ACOEM headquarters. The Symposium brought together key stakeholders, including medical/health specialty societies, insurers, employers, and electronic health record (EHR) developers to discuss and promote the use of functional patient-reported outcomes measures (fPROMs) in all medical practice settings. Working together as a group representing multiple specialties and health care organizations can more powerfully promote efficient and effective health care than by acting alone.
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