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MYMOP, a patient generated measure of outcomes

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.626 (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:626

Research into outcomes has moved away from symptom based assessments

  1. Crispin Jenkinson
  1. Deputy director Health Services Research Unit, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE

    EDITOR,—Charlotte Paterson's patient generated instrument to measure outcomes in primary care, the “measure yourself medical outcome profile” (MYMOP), seems to undermine most of the principles of psychometric theory and many of the purposes of research into outcomes as promoted recently.1 The paper gives no account of how the measure was developed and does not provide a rationale for the selection of items or why it makes sense to sum them to provide an overall score. Much of the paper is either based on assertion …

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