Patient reported outcome measures could help transform healthcare

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 28 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f167
  1. Nick Black, professor of health services research
  1. 1London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1H 9SH, UK
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Routine use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) has the potential to help transform healthcare, says Nick Black. Not only can PROMs help patients and clinicians make better decisions, but they can also enable comparisons of providers’ performances to stimulate improvements in services


  • Contributor: NB has played a leading role in the development and establishment of the NHS national PROMs programme in England. As a grant holder for methodological studies of PROMs from the Department of Health Policy Research Programme, he was a member of the DH PROMs Operations Board. He is also a member of the DH PROMs Stakeholder Reference Group and chairs the DH National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries. NB is sole contributor and guarantor.

  • Competing interests: The author has completed the ICMJE uniform disclosure form at (available on request from the corresponding author) and declares: no support from any organisation for the submitted work; a financial relationship with the Department of Health for research on PROMs and membership of the DH Operations Board for the National PROMs Programme.

  • Provenance and peer review: Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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