Dr. Ware will return to Japan for plenary presentations at the 34th Annual Orthopaedic Research Meeting organized by The Japanese Orthopaedic Association (JOA) at Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan, October 17-18, 2019. Dr. Ware’s presentation entitled “QGEN-10: A more efficient generic quality of life short-form for measuring SF-36 profile and summary scores” will describe a much-improved single-item-per-domain Quality of Life General (QGEN) short-form developed in the US for surveying patients and the general population. QGEN was developed by Dr. Ware and his colleagues as a more efficient (more valid, less burden) replacement of the widely-used SF-36 Health Survey also developed by Dr. Ware.
Dr. Ware will also make a presentation entitled, “Quality of Life Disease Impact Scale (QDIS) surveys: The first disease-specific quality of life impact scale to standardize the measurement of multimorbidity across chronic conditions.” QDIS uses disease-specific attributions to increase responsiveness to one condition in the presence of multimorbidity, while also allowing impact on QOL to be compared across diseases and aggregated into a total impact score. For all disease conditions, measures are scored using the same metric and are interpreted using norms for the US chronically-ill population.
With other panel participants, Dr. Ware will discuss how the shortest-possible QDIS and QGEN patient-reported outcome measures can be integrated using software that automatically adapts patient surveys to the presence of multiple chronic conditions in the US.