Ability’s Original Research Published in National Journal
June 1, 2014 (Exton, Pa)- Ability’s Brian Kaluf, BSE, CP and Clinical Outcomes & Research Director, was recently published in the Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics (JPO) for his retrospective study on Ability’s clinical prosthetics outcome data.
Kaluf researched clinical outcome data from Ability’s multi-region prosthetic practices following the adoption of an outcome-based amputee evaluation protocol as a routine standard of care. The effects of amputation level on patient-perceived mobility and functional outcome, as well as their relationship with activity K-level classification were studied. The findings of this investigation suggest an outcome-based protocol can improve evaluation the objectivity and precision of amputee mobility and activity level.
Kaluf, who was also recently appointed Chair of the Academy’s Outcomes Research Committee, is working to develop further validated outcomes measures for Ability’s multi-region, standardized, outcomes-based practices. “Brian has been instrumental in developing, implementing and advancing Ability’s outcomes-based practice approach,” explains Jeffrey Brandt, CEO & CPO of Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc. of Exton, Pa, “This is really the beginning of what we are capable of as practitioners with regards to justifying the devices, treatment methods, and ultimately outcomes we provide our patients.”