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Prospects and Challenges in Using Patient-Reported Outcomes in Clinical Practice

Constance H. Fung and Ron D. Hays
Quality of Life Research
Vol. 17, No. 10 (Dec., 2008), pp. 1297-1302
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40302259
Page Count: 6
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Prospects and Challenges in Using Patient-Reported Outcomes in Clinical Practice
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Abstract

Background Patient-reported measures include preferences and reports about care received, health behaviors, and outcomes of care (patient satisfaction and healthrelated quality of life). These measures are a core aspect of health care, but there is much to be learned about how to use them to improve clinical practice. Method We specify linkages among different patient-reported measures and focus upon the prospects and challenges for use of patient-reported outcomes in clinical practice. Results Patient-reported measures are important throughout the continuum of patient care. At the initial visit, patientreported outcomes provide information about what is important to the patient, the patient's current behaviors, and the patient's baseline health-related quality of life. At subsequent visits, patient-reported outcomes help evaluate disease progression or regression as well as treatment effects. Conclusions Patient-reported measures can help clinicians target interventions that will improve patient outcomes of care. However, there are a number of challenges in using patient-reported outcomes in clinical practice.

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