I'm very happy to report that today's [Nov. 5, 1999] SCOMS was a great success!
In addition to George Karabatsos and Louise White (our Health Care Services Division-supported Research Associate), attendees included:
Ron Horswell, Ph.D., a member of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) School of Medicine's Dept of Public Health who spoke on outcome measurement in a diabetes foot clinic in Baton Rouge;
Marcia Daigle, Director of the LSUHSC HCSD's Office of Government Relations in Baton Rouge, who spoke of the need to concisely and effectively communicate health management results in the statewide public hospital system to the state legislature;
Kurt Braun, Ph.D., HCSD's database expert, who told us of recent data coordination efforts aimed at better linking outcome communications around the state;
Pat Snyder, Ph.D., a member of the LSUHSC School of Allied Health's Dept of Occupational Therapy, who spoke a bit about early childhood interventions and a project intended to unify outcome measures for the field;
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., Chief of the Section of Internal Medicine in the Tulane University Dept of Medicine, who told us about her interest monitoring and improving health outcomes for the obese in the public hospital system;
Daniel Sarpon, Ph.D., of the Xavier University School of Pharmacology, who is interested in expanding his statistical background to include outcome instrument calibration studies;
Mary Pelias, Ph.D., J.D.;
Deidre Arnaud, graduate student, LSUHSC Dept of Biometry and Genetics;
Sharon Holleron, Ph.D., a psychologist with the LSUHSC Cancer Center, who studied statistics with Susan Embretson and David Thissen in Kansas, and who like to increase her as yet limited exposure to fundamental measurement in her outcome studies;
Penelope Dralle, Ph.D., a psychologist in the LSUHSC School of Medicine with an extensive history of involvement in HIV management and general mental health issues;
Ramona Suttkus, M.S., 21-year veteran of test scoring for each of the five schools in LSUHSC, who spoke of her interest to transition exams from paper and pencil to CAT;
Elizabeth Humphrey, R.N., Ed.D., Dean of the LSUHSC School of Nursing;
Hillary Thompson, Ph.D., of the LSUHSC School of Medicine's Dept of Ophthalmology.
After I spent an hour introducing some broad concepts about the purpose and goals of measurement, and how they are realized, George gave an effective overview of what mathematical modeling and model fit evaluation involve, using the example of student course evaluations he's recently been involved with in the LSUHSC School of Medicine. Ron Horswell then gave the only other formal presentation, and we broke for lunch.
Dr. DeSalvo had to leave at this point to obtain some survey data from Tulane residents on their knowledge of and attitudes toward obesity, but we convinced her to speak for a few minutes on what she hoped to achieve from this, and she obliged.
We then decided to go with the flow of sharing our individual interests in improved measurement, with the result that some wonderful overlaps in interests and skills were revealed, implying that this SCOMS might one day be looked back on as the first meeting of a community of researchers who came to share and implement common measurement quality values.
William P. Fisher, Jr., Ph.D.
SCOMS South Central Objective Measurement Seminar W.P. Fisher, Jr. Rasch Measurement Transactions, 1999, 13:3 p. 703
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