Christine McDonough, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management
(617) 638-1982cmm@bu.edu

Biography

Dr. Christine McDonough is research assistant professor in Health Policy and Management in the Health & Disability Research Institute at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is also affiliated with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Physical Therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Research interests include applying contemporary measurement methods such as Item Response Theory (IRT) and Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) as well as current models of health, functioning and disability to the development of measures of status, functioning and clinical outcomes for musculoskeletal and aging research. Dr. McDonough is also interested in the use of evidence to identify high value health care interventions. Dr. McDonough trained as a physical therapist at the University of Vermont and developed a deep interest in Orthopaedics in her first position as a staff physical therapist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She founded and directed an independent physical therapy practice focusing in orthopaedics, sports and geriatrics. After 15 years in clinical practice she undertook graduate studies at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in clinical and health services research, shared decision-making, and health care and policy decision-making, including such tools as economic evaluation and decision analysis. Her doctoral research investigated the measurement characteristics of several widely used instruments to assess clinical outcomes for cost-effectiveness analysis in spine disorders, including the EQ-5D, SF-6D, HUI, and estimated QWB. As a recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, her post-doctoral fellowship research with the Dartmouth Institute and the BU Health & Disability Research Institute provided advanced training and expertise in measurement of health, functioning, and disability using classical and contemporary methods including IRT and CAT. Dr. McDonough has been involved in the development and testing of CAT instruments to measure a range of functioning and health domains. She is the Liaison to the Dartmouth Institute for the NIH-funded Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT). As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) she has served on their national Research Agenda Revision Committee and the Advisory Committee on the Development of a National Outcomes Database. She is currently a member of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Group for the Section on Geriatrics, and the Editor and Revisions Coordinator of Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Orthopaedics Section of the APTA. In addition to the Orthopaedic, Geriatric, and Research Sections of the APTA she is a member of the Society for Medical Decision Making, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Public Health Association.

Education

  • Dartmouth College, PhD
  • Dartmouth College, MS
  • University of Vermont, BS

Publications

  • Published on 4/8/2013

    Ni P, McDonough CM, Jette AM, Bogusz K, Marfeo EE, Rasch EK, Brandt DE, Meterko M, Haley SM, Chan L. Development of a computer-adaptive physical function instrument for Social Security Administration disability determination. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Sep; 94(9):1661-9.

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  • Published on 3/30/2013

    Marfeo EE, Haley SM, Jette AM, Eisen SV, Ni P, Bogusz K, Meterko M, McDonough CM, Chan L, Brandt DE, Rasch EK. Conceptual foundation for measures of physical function and behavioral health function for Social Security work disability evaluation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Sep; 94(9):1645-1652.e2.

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  • Published on 3/30/2013

    Marfeo EE, Ni P, Haley SM, Jette AM, Bogusz K, Meterko M, McDonough CM, Chan L, Brandt DE, Rasch EK. Development of an instrument to measure behavioral health function for work disability: item pool construction and factor analysis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Sep; 94(9):1670-8.

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  • Published on 3/29/2013

    McDonough CM, Jette AM, Ni P, Bogusz K, Marfeo EE, Brandt DE, Chan L, Meterko M, Haley SM, Rasch EK. Development of a self-report physical function instrument for disability assessment: item pool construction and factor analysis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Sep; 94(9):1653-60.

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  • Published on 3/29/2013

    Marfeo EE, Ni P, Haley SM, Bogusz K, Meterko M, McDonough CM, Chan L, Rasch EK, Brandt DE, Jette AM. Scale refinement and initial evaluation of a behavioral health function measurement tool for work disability evaluation. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Sep; 94(9):1679-86.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Harris-Hayes M, McDonough CM, Leunig M, Lee CB, Callaghan JJ, Roos EM. Clinical outcomes assessment in clinical trials to assess treatment of femoroacetabular impingement: use of patient-reported outcome measures. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2013; 21 Suppl 1:S39-46.

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  • Published on 12/3/2012

    McDonough C, Dunkley AJ, Aujla N, Morris D, Davies MJ, Khunti K. The association between body mass index and health-related quality of life: influence of ethnicity on this relationship. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2013 Apr; 15(4):342-8.

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  • Published on 10/12/2012

    Hazard RG, Spratt KF, McDonough CM, Olson CM, Ossen ES, Hartmann EM, Carlson RJ, LaVoie J. Patient-centered evaluation of outcomes from rehabilitation for chronic disabling spinal disorders: the impact of personal goal achievement on patient satisfaction. Spine J. 2012 Dec; 12(12):1132-7.

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  • Published on 4/30/2012

    McDonough CM, Tian F, Ni P, Kopits IM, Moed R, Pardasaney PK, Jette AM. Development of the computer-adaptive version of the Late-Life Function and Disability Instrument. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012 Dec; 67(12):1427-38.

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  • Published on 4/12/2011

    McDonough CM, Grove MR, Elledge AD, Tosteson AN. Predicting EQ-5D-US and SF-6D societal health state values from the Osteoporosis Assessment Questionnaire. Osteoporos Int. 2012 Feb; 23(2):723-32.

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