Research and References
Benefits of using PROMs and PREMs in clinical practice
Recent evidence demonstrates the benefits of using PROMs and PREMs in clinical practice treating a wide range of health conditions:
- improving clinical practices
- enhancing patient - clinician communication
- improving quality of care
- improving patient outcomes
- enhancing population health evaluations.
The PRMs Program has summarised some of the key aspects of the evidence :
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC)
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) recently released two papers on PROMs acknowledging that PROMs promise to fill a vital gap in our knowledge about outcomes and about whether healthcare interventions actually make a difference in people's lives.
Environmental scan of PROMs in Australia
In late 2016, the Commission contracted the University of Wollongong to conduct an environmental scan of the Australian healthcare sector. The report describes the current status of the collection and use of PROMs in Australian healthcare and identifies NSW Health (the Agency for Clinical Innovation and the Cancer Institute NSW) as a leading public sector agency engaged in the use and collection of PROMs.
PROMs literature review
To complement the environmental scan, the Commission also contracted the University of Wollongong to complete a literature review which provides a synthesis of international evidence on the collection and use of PROMs in healthcare. The literature review is intended to inform best practice and learn from other countries' experiences.
Patient Reported Measures in the integrated care context
Using PRMs has been shown to allow for better communication and improved decision-making between patients and providers of healthcare.
An expert scoping paper was produced by Professor Jack Chen for the ACI with a focus on integrated care. This paper was produced to provide information, guidance and recommendations for the PRMs program.
The literature demonstrates that patients who are engaged in their health care tend to experience better outcomes, and choose less costly interventions after they participate in a process of shared decision making.
Using Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) has been shown to allow for better communication and improved shared decision making between patients and providers.