Cohort Analysis

MedicaSafe worked with a local substance use disorder outpatient clinic for a pilot program of the first iteration of our adherence monitoring technology. To visualize the pilot outcomes, I, along with my colleagues Caitlin and Brian, hand-coded historical data from paper medical records for patients on MedicaSafe as well as a retrospectively matched cohort. Our Chief Medical Officer presented the results at the 2017 Clinical Neuroscience Summit.

Motivation

Our primary motivation was descriptive and exploratory. We had anecodotal evidence that the clinician-selected sample of patients had good outcomes, and we were interested in seeing how their outcomes might be put into context. (N.b. — This observational design isn’t great for evaluating an intervention; ask me about our recently-funded RCT!)

My Role

I conducted the compliance and retention analyses using SQL to query our databases for adherence data. The comparator compliance value mentioned was my find from a literature review. After urine drug screen data were coded, I binned the data in two-week blocks for cleaner presentation and generated the plot. I designed the poster and was the lead author for all poster sections aside from the background.