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Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)

The role, use and impact of PROMs on nursing in the English NHS

23 December 2010
This briefing provides an over-view of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs); the rationale for their use, examples of where they are currently being used in the English NHS, and their likely future use in the health care system.

Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) are fast becoming a common mechanism within the English NHS to ascertain the impact on a patient's health.

Well developed PROMs may be used to understand the impact of a service on patients' health at the treatment centre level, and to make comparisons between expected and experienced health outcomes. PROMs are also increasingly being used as a measurement tool by which organisations and individuals providing health care can be assessed, managed, and remunerated.

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