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- A patient-reported outcome measure is a series of questions that are asked of patients to gauge their views about their own health after surgery. The purpose of PROMs is to get patients’ own assessment of their health and health-related quality of life – they don’t ask about patients’ satisfaction with or experience of health services, or seek their opinions about how successful their treatment was.
- In April 2009 the NHS became the first health system in the world to routinely collect patient-reported outcome measures. The NHS Standard Contract makes it a requirement that the monthly clinical quality performance report should include patient-reported outcome data for four areas – operations on hips, knees, hernias and varicose veins. Together, those four procedures have an annual cost of £0.8billion to the NHS in England. 250,000 patients will be invited to complete before-and-after surgery questionnaires each year. Data collection efforts are aiming to achieve an 80 per cent response rate from patients.