Patient-Reported Outcome Measures
Quality of healthcare is increasingly measured from the perspective of the patient using Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs). PROMs are standardized indexes, scales or questionnaires that aim to measure one or more aspects of health. Instead of measuring processes (did the doctor prescribe the right type of medication? did he/she ask the appropriate questions?) PROMs measure what outcomes that are important to the patient. How long did the treatment take? How much did the patients gain in life quality? Did the treatment affect their well-being in other ways?
TiH combines clinical outcome measures with validated and established PROMs to provide a holistic view on the quality of healthcare. The online monitoring software systems of TiH invite patients to fill in the questionnaires at set times. These data can be used to monitor changes over time and healthcare providers can use the data in preparation of a consultation.
Examples of PROMs employed by TiH are the SF-36 and the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ). The SF-36 is a generic PROM designed to examine a person’s perceived physical and mental health status. It is a generic health measure, as opposed to one that targets a specific age, disease, or treatment group. The HAQ is one of the most widely used self-assessment instruments for measuring functional disability in patients with a variety of rheumatic diseases.