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Letters Patient reported outcome measures

Do patient reported outcome measures do more harm than good?

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 01 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2669
  1. Miranda Wolpert, Director, CAMHS Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU)1
  1. 1Anna Freud Centre and University College London, London NW3 5SD, UK
  1. miranda.wolpert{at}

Black points out that patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) were developed for use in research and subsequently adopted to support clinical management.1 I have advocated the use of these measures in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for the past decade ( However, I have become increasingly worried that unless the tension between the two aims of data collection (informing generalisable findings …

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