NHS publishes new data on patient reported health outcomes

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5143
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The first study of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) for four surgical procedures in NHS hospitals in England has been published.

    PROMs are self completed questionnaires that measure a patient’s health status or health related quality of life. Since April 2009 it has been a requirement for all providers of NHS funded hip replacements, knee replacements, groin hernia surgery, or varicose vein surgery to collect these data from patients before and after the procedures.

    The data, from April 2009 to April 2010, have now been published by the NHS Information Centre, whose chief executive, Tim Straughan, said, “PROMs are a very exciting development in the way we consider the quality and value of care being delivered to patients. This is the first time this type of information has been gathered on such a large scale, and it will be of enormous interest to those charged …

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