A Brief Explanation of Patient Reported Outcome Measures – PROMs
In recent times, a lot has been publicised by the healthcare industry about something called PROMs and as a result, many consumers have questions as to exactly what Patient Reported Outcome Measures are. Following is a brief explanation.
As a means of gauging patients’ own views on the state of their health, they are asked a series of questions which they answer by themselves without being prompted by healthcare providers. These are known as Patient Reported Outcome Measures and are often simply referred to by the anagram ‘PROMs.’
The actual purpose behind getting Patient Reported Outcome Measures is to have them self-assess both the quality of life they are currently living in relation to their health as well as to have them self-asses the way in which they see it. The questionnaire does not ask any questions in regards to whether or not the patient is satisfied with the care they receive from their provider, nor does it ask anything in relation to their personal experiences during the care provided. PROMs also do not look for opinions on how a patient views the success of his or her treatment.
There are a number of different times in which a PROM is used but the thing which should be stressed is that they are designed to be answered by the actual patient and not a clinician. Oftentimes a PROM is commissioned by a group like the Department of Health in their yearly Health Survey for England. Questionnaires can be in paper form or a series of questions in an interview but as time goes on, the most common way in which a PROM is completed is through digital means on any device, mobile or desktop. Clinical outcomes solutions provided by Amplitude Pro One utilises an email questionnaire sent directly to the patient’s smartphone.
PROMs questionnaires are all different in the way they are worded as well as in the instrument of delivery and the really amazing fact is that there are literally thousands of them. Not only are they worded differently but the number and type of questions being asked are different and each is scored or summarised in a different way as well.
How Is Health Measured by Patient Reported Outcome Measures
Sometimes Patient Reported Outcome Measures are designed to measure or describe health in very generic ways. The reason for this is to enable using the same set of questions for patients who don’t have the same medical conditions but their answers can be used as a comparison between various patient populations and even between patients within a group. The intent of these general instruments is to measure the quality of life being enjoyed and, of course, why these PROMs are often simply called Quality of Life.
In other words, the actual goal of Patient Reported Outcome Measures is to look at how patients’ health impacts their lives. There are other tools that measure the correlation between how patients report their health particular to a condition, disease or in terms of a body part in question.
How Amplitude’s Pro Series Works with PROMs
The Pro Series by Amplitude is a method for the capturing and management of Patient Reported Outcome Measures. Software that is web-based is at the core of collecting Clinical Outcomes and used with a wide assortment of treatment methods for private and NHS patients alike. You, as the patient, will provide all information that will then be authenticated by your doctor or clinician to ensure that it is truly representative of your personal healthcare experience.
PHIN, the Private Healthcare Information Network, has accredited Amplitude’s Clinical Outcomes for the collection of patient reported data within the private sector of healthcare in the UK as per the Competition and Market Authority’s requirements.
About the Pro Series
Digital questionnaires are sent to patients at predetermined intervals by the Pro Series software which can then be answered on devices such as smartphones, tablets and personal computers. That patient’s progress will be monitored by the healthcare provider who can at that point add clinical information about treatments used, recovery and a medical perspective on the state of that patient’s health. This data can then be used anonymously by a hospital to continually improve the quality of the services they offer, as well as to strive towards excellence in clinical care.