Since there is such a huge focus on Patient Outcomes in recent times, many consumers are questioning just what they are and how they are used. The following information should prove to be useful in answering any questions you might have.
Patient Outcomes – What Are They?
The best explanation as to exactly what Patient Outcome are would be to give an example of how they are currently being used. At the moment the NHS is requesting patients to fill out a questionnaire prior to specific operations. Questions being asked will help to identify the patient’s perceived state of health prior to surgery. After the operation the patients are again asked to complete a questionnaire on how they see the quality of their life after the operation and also how successful they feel the operation was. Questions will also detail how they perceive care having been given.
Patients the NHS are targeting at the moment are those undergoing knee or hip replacements and surgery for groin hernias and varicose veins. These patients are being invited to take part in the PROMS (Patient Reported Outcome Measures) programme – that questionnaire mentioned above.
How Can a Patient Take Part in PROMS?
Actually, you will be invited to participate when you arrive at the hospital for the above mentioned surgeries. The hospital will ask you to complete a short questionnaire prior to undergoing the operation. When you give your consent to complete this questionnaire you are also giving your consent that any information collected can be given to, and held by, the National Health Service.
It should also be understood that there are four suppliers that are accredited to support the NHS in the PROMs programme. The hospital where you get your operation is only responsible for the collection of the information on the Patient Reported Outcome Measures questionnaire. It is up to the hospital to choose which of those four suppliers they turn the completed questionnaires over to.
Patient Outcomes – Amplitude Pro Series
In a new and innovative way to capture and manage Patient Reported Outcome Measures, PROMs, the Amplitude Pro Series uses software that is web based. This software, the Amplitude Pro Series, makes it possible to collect Clinical Outcomes for various types of treatments whether the patient is seen within the NHS or by a private provider.
If you are questioning why Patient Outcomes are important, it is necessary to understand the goal of PROMs. Data collected is used to ensure that patients receive the best possible care and that symptoms have been reduced as a result of treatments.