Register today to attend Measuring What Matters, a symposium focused on associations between social determinants of health (SDoH), chronic disease, and health outcomes, including health related quality of life (HRQL). Scheduled for 16-17 July 2024, this virtual event will consist of session presentations and live Q&As with the speakers.

Session Highlight

Session 3: Methodological Approaches to Quantify SDoH

This third session of the 2024 Measuring What Matters Symposium will address methodological approaches to measuring SDoH. Methodology topics include composite summary indexes, geocoding, and complex systems modeling of causal effects.

Session Speakers:

David Cella, PhD

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

David Cella, PhD is Professor and the Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Chair Emeritus in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Cella developed and is continually refining the Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT) Measurement System for outcome evaluation in patients with chronic medical conditions. He also led the development of the NIH Roadmap Initiative to build a Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS), the Neurology Quality of Life (Neuro-QoL) Measurement System, and the Emotional Health domain of the NIH Toolbox. He studies questions regarding quality-of-life measurement in clinical trials, cross-cultural equivalence of quality of life measurement, efficacy of psychosocial interventions in chronic illness, and medical outcomes research. He has published more than 1,000 peer-reviewed articles, most of which focus on the unique contribution that the patient perspective has upon the evaluation of health and health care. Dr. Cella has studied quality of life as a scientific enterprise, bringing the voice of the patient into consideration of value and opportunities for improvement on the healthcare system. For this, he was awarded the NAM Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care in 2016.

Jarrod E. Dalton, PhD

Cleveland Clinic

Jarrod E. Dalton, PhD is Associate Staff in the Lerner Research Institute’s Department of Quantitative Health Sciences and Director of the Center for Populations Health Research at Cleveland Clinic. He is also Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Dalton’s expertise is in applying statistical, mathematical and simulation modeling approaches to problems in population health.

Lisa Lines, PhD MPH

RTI International

Lisa M. Lines, PhD, MPH, has an extensive background in both managing and contributing to successful research projects for both public- and private-sector clients and has more than 20 years of experience in health care research and consulting. Since joining RTI in 2009, she has amassed experience with program evaluations, large-scale database analyses (including machine learning and other “big data” methods), and interactive decision-analytic models, as well as literature reviews and policy analyses. She has published in a wide variety of subject areas, including health policy and payment reform, health care quality and care experiences, risk adjustment, cost-effectiveness and affordability issues, illness burden, and disparities and inequities.

The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).

Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.