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Christine McDonough, PT, PhD

TitleResearch Assistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentHealth Policy & Management
Address715 Albany St Talbot Building
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-1982
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-4493-8610
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
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.

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  1. Martin RL, Davenport TE, Reischl SF, McPoil TG, Matheson JW, Wukich DK, McDonough CM, Altman RD, Beattie P, Cornwall M, Davis I, DeWitt J, Elliott J, Irrgang JJ, Kaplan S, Paulseth S, Torburn L, Zachazewski J, Godges JJ. Heel pain-plantar fasciitis: revision 2014. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014 Nov; 44(11):A1-A33.
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Carreon LY, Anderson PA, McDonough CM, Djurasovic M, Glassman SD. Predicting SF-6D utility scores from the neck disability index and numeric rating scales for neck and arm pain. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Mar 15; 36(6):490-4.
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  12. Goldstein MS, Scalzitti DA, Craik RL, Dunn SL, Irion JM, Irrgang J, Kolobe TH, McDonough CM, Shields RK. The revised research agenda for physical therapy. Phys Ther. 2011 Feb; 91(2):165-74.
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  13. McDonough CM, Tosteson TD, Tosteson AN, Jette AM, Grove MR, Weinstein JN. A longitudinal comparison of 5 preference-weighted health state classification systems in persons with intervertebral disk herniation. Med Decis Making. 2011 Mar-Apr; 31(2):270-80.
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  14. McDonough CM, Jette AM. The contribution of osteoarthritis to functional limitations and disability. Clin Geriatr Med. 2010 Aug; 26(3):387-99.
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  15. Hazard RG, Spratt KF, McDonough CM, Carayannopoulos AG, Olson CM, Reeves V, Sperry ML, Ossen ES. The impact of personal functional goal achievement on patient satisfaction with progress one year following completion of a functional restoration program for chronic disabling spinal disorders. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Dec 1; 34(25):2797-802.
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  16. Carreon LY, Glassman SD, McDonough CM, Rampersaud R, Berven S, Shainline M. Predicting SF-6D utility scores from the Oswestry disability index and numeric rating scales for back and leg pain. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Sep 1; 34(19):2085-9.
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  17. Jette AM, McDonough CM, Ni P, Haley SM, Hambleton RK, Olarsch S, Hunter DJ, Kim YJ, Felson DT. A functional difficulty and functional pain instrument for hip and knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Res Ther. 2009; 11(4):R107.
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  18. Jette AM, McDonough CM, Haley SM, Ni P, Olarsch S, Latham N, Hambleton RK, Felson D, Kim YJ, Hunter D. A computer-adaptive disability instrument for lower extremity osteoarthritis research demonstrated promising breadth, precision, and reliability. J Clin Epidemiol. 2009 Aug; 62(8):807-15.
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  19. McDonough CM, Tosteson AN. Measuring preferences for cost-utility analysis: how choice of method may influence decision-making. Pharmacoeconomics. 2007; 25(2):93-106.
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  20. McDonough CM, Grove MR, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, Hilibrand AS, Tosteson AN. Comparison of EQ-5D, HUI, and SF-36-derived societal health state values among spine patient outcomes research trial (SPORT) participants. Qual Life Res. 2005 Jun; 14(5):1321-32.
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