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Understanding and Using Health ExperiencesImproving patient care$
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Sue Ziebland, Angela Coulter, Joseph D. Calabrese, and Louise Locock

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665372

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665372.001.0001

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Patient reported outcomes

Patient reported outcomes

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(p.72) Chapter 8 Patient reported outcomes
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Understanding and Using Health Experiences
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Crispin Jenkinson

Ray Fitzpatrick

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665372.003.0008

Patient self reports of their health status and quality of life have become central to the evaluation of health care interventions and provision. Patient reported outcome measures (PROs, or PROMs) are now regularly used to systematically gain meaningful subjective accounts from those receiving care. This is in stark contrast to the prevailing approach adopted to outcomes measurement throughout most of the 20th century and before: namely, that outcomes should be assessed by professionals, such as clinicians and researchers. Reports from patients were, traditionally, viewed as subjective, and consequently unreliable. However, evidence has accumulated that patient reports are not only a reliable source of information, but also one of the most important. This chapter outlines the principles of measurement adopted in this field of research, and the uses to which such information is put in contemporary health-care.

Keywords:   Patient self report, Questionnaires, Health Status Measurement, Quality of life, PROs, PROMs

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