New Resource Guides Clinicians in Implementation of Patient Reported Outcomes

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The User’s Guide to Implementing Patient-Reported Outcomes Assessment in Clinical Practice provides a series of questions to ask and issues to consider as clinicians implement a program with patient-reported outcomes (PROs).

Clinicians who are interested in using patient-reported outcome (PRO) questionnaires in their clinical practice as a tool in patient management can now turn to a new tool, developed by the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL). The User’s Guide to Implementing Patient-Reported Outcomes Assessment in Clinical Practice provides a series of questions to ask and issues to consider as clinicians implement a program with PROs. The guide is available for free on the ISOQOL website, http://www.isoqol.org.

Covering a wide range of topics, including goals for collecting PROs, barriers to success, collecting results, and evaluating the success of the program, the guide does not aim to provide the “right” answers to these issues. Instead, the User’s Guide presents different approaches for each topic, allowing each practice to determine which approach is best for its own goals and needs.

“In many areas of medicine, patients can experience symptoms and side effects from both their disease and their treatment,” said Michele Y. Halyard, MD, one of the authors of the guide. “The purpose of measuring patient reported outcomes is to really uncover physical or psychological issues that may impact a patient’s life that could be overlooked during patient care. It’s really screening for problems that might otherwise go undetected.”

ISOQOL has also produced a podcast as a companion to the guide, featuring authors Dr. Halyard, Rachel Hess, MD, and Neil Aaronson, PhD. In it, Dr. Halyard and Dr. Hess discuss challenges they faced in implementing patient-reported outcomes in their clinical settings and strategies for overcoming these challenges. They also discuss the importance of collecting this critical data and how they have been successful in explaining this importance to their colleagues.

The User’s Guide to Implementing Patient-Reported Outcomes Assessment in Clinical Practice is available for free online at http://www.isoqol.org/User's%20Guide-v6-final%20for%20posting-110707.pdf. The companion podcast can be found on the ISOQOL website, http://www.isoqol.org. The information included in the guide was also published in ISOQOL’s journal, Quality of Life Research, which can be read at http://www.springerlink.com/content/0962-9343/.

ISOQOL’s mission is to advance the scientific study of health-related quality of life and other patient-centered outcomes to identify effective interventions, enhance the quality of health care and promote the health of populations. ISOQOL’s annual conference will be held in Budapest, Hungary October 24-27, 2012. For more information regarding the conference or membership, please visit http://www.isoqol.org.

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