Dr. Bruga speaks at the Florida Workers' Compensation Conference (WCI)

Physical Therapy Breakout 1:00 – 4:15 pm 8/22/16

Grand Ballrooms 11 & 12 

Convention Level

2:15 – 3:15 pm    

Are Self-Report Measures Valid for Determination of Function and Work Capacity?


Darrell Bruga


LifeTEAM Health

Encinitas, CA

Significant emphasis has been placed on evidence-based medicine (EBM) for interventions implemented for treatment guidelines. The development and effective use of patient reported outcomes (PROs) is an important aspect of clinical care. PROs are an important component of these quality-based initiatives utilized by government agencies such as the NIH and CMS/Medicare, along with private payers and health care providers. Precise and practical outcome measures improve healthcare delivery by helping to guide and support treatment, as well as documenting clinical outcomes. At present, the use of PROs has been mandated by Medicare when providing rehabilitation services. Programs/requirements are emerging yearly that advocate the routine use of PROs as part of an EBM treatment plan.