Health care can be improved when patients share what is important to them and any issues that may impact on their care and treatment. Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) support person centred care and is a core component of delivering Value Based Health Care (VBHC) by providing a way of measuring health outcomes from the patient’s perspective. Learn more about Value Based Health Care here.
Responses to PROMs questions help hospitals and healthcare services provide the care that patients need and want. These measures aim to fill a vital gap in our knowledge about outcomes that matter to patients.
PROMs are questionnaires that help patients report on outcomes relating to their health. These questionnaires focus on various aspects of health, such as symptoms, daily functioning, and quality of life. PROMs are usually completed on two or more occasions to enable comparisons to be made over time.
What are the different types of PROMs?
There are three general types of PROMs:
- Generic PROMs measure aspects of health that are common to most patients.
- Condition-specific PROMs have questions that directly relate to specific health conditions and their associated treatments.
- Population-specific PROMs apply to specific segments of the population.
Why are PROMs used?
PROMs are used for three broad purposes:
- For enhancing healthcare provider to patient interactions (micro level)
- For comparing the effects of different treatments and for understanding variation among healthcare providers (meso level)
- For population surveillance and informing policy (macro level).
These purposes are not mutually exclusive. The use of PROMs for any of these purposes can contribute to improving healthcare quality and safety.
Learn more about using PROMs with the eHealthier platform according to your use: