The Ohio State University
Dr. Brittany Hand’s research focuses on using existing large databases to examine health outcomes and improve quality of care in a variety of patient populations. Most recently, her work has focused on examining the benefits of early autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis and intervention, as well as studying how the healthcare service needs of individuals with ASD change across the lifespan.
Additionally, Dr. Hand has expertise in the development and validation of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) using item response theory. By using valid and reliable PROMs, researchers and clinicians are able to better detect responsiveness to intervention and inform care plan development. Dr. Hand’s work in PROMs spans across a variety of clinical populations including orthopedic, surgical, and rehabilitation patients.
While these two areas may initially seem distinct, they both focus on quantifying patient health outcomes for the purpose of evaluating and improving healthcare delivery. Dr. Hand’s work centers on the assertion that examination of broad population-level trends as well as PROMs reveals novel insights that may not be found using either method in isolation.