Goal Attainment Scaling in Clinical Research and Practice: Insights from Experts

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Drug Discovery & Development, Medical Device, Healthcare, Medical Device Clinical Trials,
  • Tuesday, November 28, 2023

As an individualized approach to outcome assessment, Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) is increasingly gaining attention in clinical research and practice. In this engaging webinar, distinguished GAS experts and thought leaders will share their insights, experiences and best practices in applying GAS within their respective fields.

The guest speaker, Dr. Lynne Turner-Stokes, a world-renowned expert in GAS and Professor of Rehabilitation at King’s College London, UK, will discuss her experience and best practices with implementing GAS in rehabilitation, with a focus on techniques to improve the quality of goal setting. Chere Chapman, CEO of Ardea Outcomes, will moderate the discussion and, with Dr. Gunes Sevinc, share Ardea Outcomes’ experience on methods to improve the quality of goal setting in clinical trials.


Lynne Turner-Stokes, King’s College London

Lynne Turner-Stokes, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, King’s College London

Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes, the Northwick Park Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at King’s College London, has been a driving force in rehabilitation medicine since 2001. She has championed the implementation of GAS in routine clinical practice for the last 20 years introducing tools such as the GAS Light and GASeous to make GAS easier for clinicians to use. She established academic rehabilitation at King’s College London and leads the Regional Hyper-acute Rehabilitation Unit (RHRU) at Northwick Park Hospital, renowned for specialized care in severe complex disabilities, especially acquired brain injuries.

As the head of the UK Rehabilitation Outcomes Collaborative (UKROC), Turner-Stokes oversees the national clinical registry for specialist rehabilitation in the UK. She has significantly influenced national rehabilitation policy through her roles in key committees, shaping initiatives like the National Service Framework for Long-Term Conditions and NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Rehabilitation. Professor Turner-Stokes serves as Chief Investigator for the Upper Limb International Spasticity (ULIS) program, conducting impactful international studies. With over 200 publications, her research focuses on Health Services Research, utilizing methodologies like systematic reviews and large dataset analyses. She pioneers techniques for patient-level costing and evaluates cost efficiency in complex disability cases. Turner-Stokes also contributes to the academic community through editorial roles in prestigious journals, cementing her position as a leading figure in rehabilitation medicine.

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Chère Chapman, Ardea Outcomes

Chère Chapman, CEO, Ardea Outcomes

Chère Chapman started her career as a patient-centered outcomes researcher at Dalhousie University, where she published her first quality of life paper with her Biology Honors supervisor, Dr Rockwood. After a year in Japan, Chère returned to Canada to get her Master’s in Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. There, she developed a passion for HIV research, which led her to Singapore as a staff epidemiologist at the Communicable Disease Centre. From there, she went to the UK to do her MBA at the London Business School, immersing herself in social entrepreneurship and purpose-led business. Chère returned to Asia to establish a consultancy in Singapore and Vietnam, developing multi-stakeholder partnerships with international NGOs and Fortune 100 companies. Chère negotiated complex projects from Papua New Guinea to India to Bangladesh for organizations such as CARE International, Visa, and The Clinton Foundation. Chère’s East Coast Canadian roots eventually pulled her back to Halifax, where she combined her passions for patient-centered research and purpose-led business to co-found Ardea Outcomes with her mentor, Dr. Rockwood. Chère is a sought-after board member, investor, and mentor in the start-up ecosystem in Atlantic Canada.

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Gunes Sevinc, Ardea Outcomes

Gunes Sevinc, Research Manager, Ardea Outcomes

Gunes Sevinc has a multidisciplinary background with training and research experience in basic and clinical sciences. After obtaining her BSc degree in Psychology and her MSc degree in Mental Health Sciences, she pursued a career in clinical research as a psychologist, conducting in-person and remote assessments. She then earned her PhD degree in Neuroscience from Istanbul University. During her PhD, she had a visiting fellowship at Cornell University, where she completed her dissertation on neural networks associated with social cognition. She continued her career with a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. During her fellowship, she utilized clinical trial methodology to examine mindfulness training-dependent cognition and neural function changes. Gunes joined Ardea Outcomes as a Research Manager, leading research operations and internal research projects in personalized endpoints, particularly in goal attainment scaling.

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Who Should Attend?

Senior professionals from Pharma, Biotech, and MedTech who are involved in the following:

  • Research and development
  • Clinical operations
  • Clinical science
  • Outcomes Researchers
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Medical affairs
  • Clinical trial planning and optimization
  • Patient-Centric Outcomes Expert
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes Professionals
  • Clinical development

What You Will Learn

Attendees will gain insights into:

  • How setting individualized goals can provide a robust assessment of clinically meaningful change
  • Techniques to make GAS easier and quicker to use in clinical practice and research, the evidence that it improves the quality of goal-setting
  • Techniques to standardize the implementation of GAS in clinical trials
  • Potential difficulties when implementing GAS in different settings and insights into strategies for effectively addressing these obstacles

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Ardea Outcomes

Ardea Outcomes is a purpose-driven Contract Research Organization (CRO) committed to enhancing health outcomes through patient-centric research. Our services focus on implementing Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) within clinical development, an area of research honed by our founders for over 30 years. We offer a comprehensive suite of products and services dedicated to GAS research, including study design, goal inventory development, comprehensive GAS training for clinicians, goal quality assurance, GAS clinical data monitoring enabled by our proprietary, patent-pending, GAS-focused electronic data capture platform, GoalNav®. At Ardea Outcomes, we shift the focus from “what’s the matter” to “what matters most” for patients and caregivers in clinical research and care settings.

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