Medicine and Health

School of Public Health lunchtime seminar series

Professor Leah McClimans will present a seminar on 'Patient-Centered Measurement?'.

Patient-centered measurement is the idea that patient perspectives should play an evidentiary role in determining how effective a drug is taken to be, the degree to which a hospital provides good quality or whether a particular intervention should be funded by an insurer. This idea is nothing short of revolutionary. Patient-centered measurement treats patient perspectives on par with more traditional metrics such as mortality, morbidity and safety. It says, patient views matter—not as an afterthought, and not only at the bedside, but in the nuts and bolts of creating our evidence base, and thus in macro-level health-care decision-making. What’s more, these measures are popular. They are part of FDA initiatives, the UK’s development of the NHS, and if you read a research article on clinical effectiveness or quality of care, the chances are these metrics will be included. Yet at the same time these measures champion the representation of “patient voices” they also risk undermining them. Without care “patient-centered” measurement is nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing, rhetorically advocating patient perspectives while quietly furthering an ableist and paternalistic health agenda. In this seminar I’ll explore some of the epistemic and ethical issues at stake in patient-centered measures. I’ll argue that we can do better, but “better” requires integrating ethical and epistemic considerations into what is currently a methods-focused field.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Medicine and Health
Time: 1pm-2pm
Location: Western Gateway Building room 405
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Aileen Callanan

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