Understanding PROMs

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This page gives an overview of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs). Find out more about our PROMs work.

About PROMs

PROMs are defined as the effectiveness of care from the patient’s own perspective. It is the patient’s own assessment of their health related quality of life. Patients assess themselves before surgery and again afterwards to see the extent to which surgery altered their perceived health state. Data collected on the patient’s perspective of their surgery is to be used along side clinical data to support quality improvement.

History of PROMs

The national PROMs programme was rolled out in April 2009 and covered four elective procedures: groin hernia repair, hip and knee replacements and varicose vein surgery. Prior to this the POIS programme (patient outcomes in surgery) collected similar data across pilot sites. Questionnaires are distributed by hospitals to patients undergoing one of the four elective procedures. Post operative questionnaires are sent to patients either 3 months or 6 months after the operation depending on the procedure. The questionnaires are voluntary for patient to complete.

Publication of PROMs data

Up until August 2011, data were published on a monthly basis as cumulative data since April 2009. Since August 2011 this has changed in a number of ways. Data for 2009-10 have been finalised and data for 2010-11 have been published separately as provisional data (this will continue to be updated with new post-operative questionnaires and any amendments until it becomes finalised around August 2012). Data for 2011-12 are also published as provisional data. The spreadsheets are now available on a quarterly rather than monthly basis.

PROMs questionnaires and data

The pre-operative questionnaires are ideally given to patients to complete on the day of admission to hospital and post operative questionnaire are sent to patients either 3 months after the procedure for groin hernia repair and varicose vein surgery, or 6 months after the procedure for hip and knee replacements. The questionnaires are made up of two general elements – the EQ5D and the EQ5D VAS and a condition specific measure for hips, knees and varicose vein surgery. The details of the scoring, data items published and presentation of data using funnel plots are explained in the FAQ documents at: www.hesonline.nhs.uk/Ease/servlet/ContentServer?siteID=1937&categoryID=1433

Last Updated: Thursday, 11th April 2013

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