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Observations BMJ Confidential

Nick Black: Looking for a post at Arsenal

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 28 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1107

In the next of its series asking the movers and shakers of the medical world about work, life, and less serious matters, the BMJ spoke to the champion of PROMs (patient reported outcome measures)


Nick Black sprang to the NHS’s defence to contest a claim by the Office for National Statistics that its productivity was in decline.1 He is professor of health services research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a champion of PROMs (patient reported outcome measures) as a way to measure the quality of healthcare. He is no Dr Pangloss—as a member of the advisory panel for Bruce Keogh’s 2013 review of 14 hospitals with higher than expected death rates, he opined that …

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