Did You Know AAPM&R’s Registry is Collecting Patient-Reported Outcomes?

Quality & Practice


Patient-Reported Outcome Measures are increasingly being utilized to evaluate success of clinical care. Many physiatrist stakeholders find benefit in capturing this patient perspective to best provide a full picture of rehabilitation care. Recognizing this, AAPM&R has made a commitment to facilitating capture of this patient reported data through its Registry platform. AAPM&R’s Registry will provide data that is actionable to physiatrists in their journey to improve the lives of their patients. Success of the Registry will come from harnessing traditional Electronic Medical Record data with Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) data. AAPM&R’s Registry, governed by an Academy-led Steering Committee, is using PROMIS®-29 as the core PRO for the Registry.

PROMIS®-29 is a global tool that can be used across clinical diagnoses and settings. The survey is comprised of 29 questions over 8 different domains:

  • Physical Function
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Ability to Participate in Social Roles and Activities
  • Pain Interference
  • Pain Intensity

Tracking and monitoring outcomes with longitudinal data is a focus of AAPM&R’s Registry. AAPMR’s Registry streamlines the PRO process by capturing data quickly and accurately with results depicted in easy-to-read dashboard reports. This allows participating institutions access to their own real-time dashboard comparing their metrics to the AAPM&R Registry national benchmark.

This allows participants to compare patient outcomes, professional performance, and care processes against other physicians across the country. Separately, individual clinicians have the ability to view their own dashboard based on data submitted for populations being analyzed. Using AAPM&R’s Registry, physiatrists will learn from each other what treatments are ideal and result in the best outcomes, giving you the data needed to demonstrate your value and improve your care.

Patients will also have access to their own patient dashboard showing their treatment and progress over time.

AAPM&R’s Registry is designed to enhance communication between clinicians and patients in diverse research and clinical settings through its ability to collect, track and monitor outcomes from the institution, clinician and patient level.

Visit aapmr.org/registry to learn more about how you can become a champion in data collection for the specialty!

AAPM&R’s Registry thanks the following specialty champions for being the first to participate in this data and outcomes collection effort.