On Target Patient Introductions To FOTO Improves Accuracy Of Response

On Target Patient Introductions To FOTO Improves Accuracy Of Response

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On Target Patient Introductions To FOTO Improves Accuracy Of Response

How often have you used a self-report outcome tool and found the information to be questionable for you as a provider? Even with research validated and reliable tools, such as FOTO, accuracy of response can be a problem. This diminishes the value of the information for the therapist trying to make data based care decisions, which in turn diminishes the value the patient places on accurately responding to the tool. An accurate starting point is key to measuring functional status change in the patient.

The likelihood of the patient accurately reporting their perceived level of function is improved by a proper introduction to FOTO. To steal a phrase from Simon Sinek (frequently on TED Talks), start with why. Make the why about the patient, using a caring message and tone of voice. “We want you to get the best results by coming to our clinic, so we would like you to complete this functional questionnaire. Your therapist will review the information with you today.”

Provide a frame of reference. “We would like you to respond to the functional questions you will be asked based on the condition we are treating in therapy, as it effects you today.” That frames for the patient, the condition with no substitutions, at their current status and not previous years.

TPI provides training to optimize the use of FOTO. Running a good process using FOTO will bring more accurate results and more valuable information to the patient and therapist.

To find out how to optimize the use of FOTO, contact Craig at cjohnson@therapypartners.com

– Craig

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