Vascular Quality Initiative launches ‘My PAD’ pilot

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The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) has created “My PAD,” a pilot program for collecting patient-reported outcomes (PROs) from patients undergoing endovascular treatment for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Traditional outcomes such as patency and reintervention may not fully capture the quality of care or the experience of PAD patients. It is important to learn and measure the patient’s perspective, according to the VQI.

The VQI launched the My PAD pilot in April, It includes several SVS VQI centers that participate in the Peripheral Vascular Intervention Registry. The pilot will collect center workflow data and seeks to improve PRO collection in the least burdensome manner by leveraging technology, such as smartphones and tablets.

The SVS VQI will enroll a variety of practice types, from university-to community-based practices in rural and urban settings. This will serve as a foundation for future SVS VQI patient-reported outcome programs.

The data will be collected from patients undergoing peripheral vascular interventions for claudication or chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI). Centers will collect VascuQoL-6 and EuroQol 5D-5L (estimated completion time is less than 10 to 15 minutes) at three points: pre-procedure, one month and 12 months post-procedure.

The VQI is exploring the introduction of patient advisor groups this fall in order to gain patient perspectives on PAD treatment.

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