Dr Tim Schultz
Senior Research Fellow
Affiliation: Flinders University
Tim is a health services researcher at Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute working on the design, implementation and evaluation of new models of care.
Q&A with Tim
What interested you about patient reported measures research and/or projects?
“PROMs seem to offer a lot of potential to inform improvement activities in health care, but realising gains through getting PRMs embedded into practice to inform clinical decision making is a significant hurdle. Additionally, I’m interested in how PRMs can be used specifically in elective surgery, and how PROs and other clinical outcome measures can be used to estimate quality of care, in light of measuring value as quality/costs.”
What is your biggest achievement in relation to patient reported measures research, or the application of research into practice?
“I first used PRMs in evaluations and clinical trials without really appreciating what they were, and their utility in providing the patient perspective without filtering through clinicians’ or researchers’ perspectives. Since, then I have started a project seeking to better understand how PROs can be used to inform quality and value in elective surgery.”
How do you approach collaboration with consumers, carers and community? Or how do think we can work together to keep making advancements in this space?
“As an academic researcher it can be difficult to engage with patients, especially if a study is retrospectively reviewing care provided in a hospital to a disparate group of patients. However, we are starting to work more closely with consumer representatives embedded in the University or local health networks, which is bringing clear improvements to how we go about our research.”
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