DoH launches patient-reported outcomes measures

The DoH has issued the first guidance to help support the launch of Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs).

Professor Ara Darzi
Professor Ara Darzi

From April this year, all licensed providers of hip replacements, knee replacements, groin hernia surgery and varicose vein surgery, will be expected to invite patients undergoing one of theses procedures to complete a PROM questionnaire.

The guidance sets out the procedures for which PROMs data should be collected, details on the questionnaires, as well as the roles and responsibilities involved in delivering PROMs.

The DoH estimates that 250,000 people will be asked to fill out a PROM questionnaire this year. Research is underway to identify other areas where PROMs may be feasible.

Health minister Lord Darzi told The Times on Friday about the importance of ‘Starbucks’-style care in which patients have an enhanced experience.

Last summer, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care called for PROMs to be added to the quality framework to help improve public health.

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