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Reliability of such instruments needs to be proved

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.626b (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:626
  1. Danny Ruta,
  2. Andrew Garratt
  1. Senior lecturer Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 9NL
  2. Research fellow Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York

    EDITOR,—Charlotte Paterson should be commended for piloting her patient generated outcome measure in a primary care setting.1 The “measure yourself medical outcome profile” (MYMOP) has potential for routine use, not least because it is simple to use. Also, the authors' tests of validity and responsiveness indicate that it correlates with health status and perceived improvements in health. Three important questions remain unanswered, however. Firstly, does the MYMOP really measure outcomes that matter to patients—that is, that have meaning and …

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