Patient-reported outcome measures: implications for nursing
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Patient-reported outcome measures: implications for nursing

Leela Barham Part-time policy adviser, Policy unit, Royal College of Nursing, London
Nancy Devlin Director of research, Office of Health Economics, London

The Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) Programme, which was implemented by the NHS in 2009, gives prominence to patients’ views about their health. Self-reported measures of health are now being sought from all patients before and after four elective procedures – hip and knee replacement surgery, hernia repair and varicose veins surgery. This information will be used to assess changes in health and provides routine information on NHS patients’ health outcomes for the first time. The information will be used to identify and reward good performance by providers; help patients to make choices and clinicians to monitor and improve quality; and inform commissioners’ decisions about which services to prioritise. The aim of this article is to inform nurses about PROMs and encourage them to engage with it.

Nursing Standard. 25, 18,42-45. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.01.25.18.42.c8233

Correspondence

leela.barham@rcn.org.uk

Conflict of interest

Professor Devlin is a member of the Department of Health’s PROMs stakeholder reference group and is chair of the executive of the EuroQol Group, which developed the EQ-5D referred to in this article. Leela Barham is an RCN policy adviser

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review