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Exton, Pa, (Corporate) August 2013- Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. recently received IRB approval to perform an initial retrospective chart review on its prosthetic patients’ data from Ability’s multi-region practice consisting of eleven offices across five states. Patient charts were reviewed following the recent adoption of an outcome based amputee evaluation protocol as a routine standard of care. The study investigated the effects of amputation level on patient perceived mobility and functional outcome, as well as their relationship with activity K-level classification.

“We wanted to know more about the adoption and impact that clinical outcome measures would have on the practitioner,” explains Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP, Ability’s Clinical Outcome Research Officer and author of the manuscript submission, “This study allows us to validate early on in our efforts that the outcomes we have adopted are, in fact, providing our clinicians with significant and useful results.”

Kaluf is working towards having the findings published in an academic journal.  Early indicators suggest that;

  • The prosthetists surveyed overwhelmingly agreed that the outcome measures in the Ability Prosthetic Outcomes Protocol:
    • improved understanding of your patient activity level potential
    • affected prosthetic treatment design
    • improved clinical documentation for third party payer scrutiny
    • helped identify patient weaknesses that would otherwise go unidentified

 

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