Letters Patient reported outcome measures

The real reasons for measuring patient reported outcomes

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7437 (Published 16 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7437
  1. Andrew J Vallance-Owen, chair1
  1. 1South West Academic Health Science Network, Innovation Centre, Exeter EX4 4RN, UK
  1. vallanca1{at}gmail.com

Having been involved in early work on the routine measurement of patient reported outcomes, I was worried by the comment in Hawkes’s article about the idea that led to the introduction of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs).1

The routine collection of PROMs in this country was indeed stimulated by a “bad apple” whose incompetence …

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