Is this working? My presentation today at the Conference

Today is Day 2 of the NHAA 9th International Conference on Herbal Medicine, and at midday today I’ll be presenting on something I’m quite passionate about – outcome measures in clinical practice. 

Day 1 was awesome, with some great speakers and time to catch up with colleagues. Today is looking just as great, with some well themed streams to choose from. At midday I’ll be delivering a plenary presentation in the main room, entitled “Is this working?”. I’ll be examining the application of outcome measures in practice and education, as a way of helping us ensure that what we are doing is really working, and really meeting the needs of our patients.

So come along and sit in – it will be great to see everybody there, and I’m happy to chat to people afterwards and of course tonight at the dinner.


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    Melissa Collins

    March 27, 2015

    Hi Ian,

    I'm missed the seminar but I would love to know more about your approaches to risk management and quality improvement in private practice.

    How do you monitor patient outcomes? Do you use biomarkers etc as well?


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      Ian Breakspear

      March 27, 2015

      Hi Melissa!

      The notes and recordings from the 3 day NHAA Conference will be available for purchase for those unable to attend, so for the full picture that is your best bet.

      I personally believe that a mixture of measures are needed to properly monitor patient outcomes. Certainly some biomarkers are very useful, although I am cautious in what I choose to use. I am hesitant to use some of the "naturopathic" pathology tests due to the fact that many are not able to provide open information about test specificity and sensitivity, etc. So without a doubt I monitor patients using conventional pathology testing where appropriate, and then various clinical and patient-reported outcome measures.

      Keep an eye on this site for more info in the second half of this year as well. I'm working on something which may interest you (but don't want to give out too much info yet!).

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