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PlatformQ Health is pleased to announce our team will present two sessions at the upcoming 2020 Alliance Annual Conference January 8-11th in San Francisco, CA.

On Friday, January 10th at 10:15am, PlatformQ Health’s VP of CME Outcomes and Analytics Wendy Turell, DrPh, CHCP will present an in-depth 90-minute session entitled Qualitative Evaluations, Outcomes & Measurements. Co presenters for this talk include Alexandra Howson, MA, CHCP, PhD of Thistle Editorial, LLC and R. Michelle Skidmore, MS of ArcheMedX, Inc.

Then on Saturday, January 11th, Turell and Gary C. Bird, PhD of the American Academy of Family Physicians will participate in a Lightning Learning Lab focused on Shared Decision Making, called Promoting Shared Decision Making Between Primary Care Providers & Patients with Major Depressive Disorder, where they will explore insights from a recent healthcare professional education program. Complete abstracts for both sessions can be found below.

In addition to these scheduled sessions, a dozen posters detailing some of our most successful HCP, patient, and aligned education programs will be on display in our booth (#605). Stop by to find insights from programs like:

PlatformQ Health team members will also be on hand to share information about our two new, premier partnerships to educate clinicians, patients and caregivers: on rare diseases, in collaboration with the National Organization for Rare Diseases, and to support mental health with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

We hope to see you at the 2020 Alliance Annual Conference! If you’re unable to attend but would like more information, please contact Lauren Alford.


Qualitative Evaluations, Outcomes & Measurement
Friday, January 10th 10:15-11:45am

This small group workshop will help participants learn about how qualitative research techniques are used to enhance education and evaluation in CEHP. Presenters will share cases that highlight qualitative approaches, some of which follow more formal qualitative data collection and analysis approaches, and others that focus on organization and “making sense” of existing text-based data. The group will collectively work through sample qualitative data to practice data coding, organizing and interpretation.

Learning Objectives:
• Describe the principles and application of qualitative research methods
• Identify educational activities or initiatives that would benefit from the integration of qualitative research methods
• Apply qualitative data collection, analysis and interpretation techniques in CEHP education


Promoting Shared Decision Making Between Primary Care Providers & Patients with Major Depressive Disorder
Saturday, January 11th 9:15am

Shared decision making (SDM)—the process that takes the “focus on the patient” into an actionable next step—is written into standards for Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations, reflected in Consumer Assessments of Healthcare Providers and Systems measures, and incorporated into reimbursement regulations. Yet implementation of SDM frequently lacks cohesive strategies applied in clinical practice. How can we, as educators in the health professions, help by incorporating SDM into our educational design and content development, and how can we evaluate its success? In this presentation, the authors will demonstrate how they incorporated SDM into an educational initiative, and using both HCP and patient outcomes data, will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of their approach.

In major depressive disorder (MDD), SDM has been shown to improve patient outcomes, including symptom relief, increased adherence and care engagement. However, studies show that there is much room for improved adoption of SDM practices among clinicians who treat MDD and patients with MDD. In order for SDM to be successful, all stakeholders must have an appropriate level of knowledge of available treatment options, as well as an understanding of their respective roles and responsibilities in the SDM process, in order to successfully adopt this approach as a concept and in practice.

This session will share how we incorporated SDM of antidepressants into the development of 2 parallel online educational programs for primary care providers, and patients with MDD, both developed with the patient voice in mind. Content for both programs highlighted the patient voice- either by including patient presenters or patient presented video-vignettes. Education was made available live and on demand via online learning channels, and distributed through social media platforms and partner websites, including the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Facebook. Outcomes evaluation featured aligned questions on communication and SDM, asked to respective HCP and patient audiences. We will share outcomes data from the initiative, including knowledge and behavior impact among HCP and patient learners. In particular, we will focus on ways that providers can incorporate concepts of SDM into their various educational approaches. How should this concept best be explained and demonstrated to learners? How can SDM uptake be measured? This session will close with an open discussion with session participants focused on their learner experiences with SDM, and generate additional ideas on ways to integrate SDM into educational initiatives.

Learning Objectives:
• Summarize the principles of shared decision-making (SDM) as it applies to medical/healthcare education
• Determine if SDM is appropriate to incorporate in your educational design
• Demonstrate integration of SDM principles in educational programming