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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 :

Evidence for Patient Reported Measures (PDF 381KB)

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 Environmental Scan (PDF 2MB)

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.

PROMs Literature Review (PDF 917KB)


Patient Reported Measures in the integrated care context

In the late 2014, the ACI comissioned Profesor Jack Chen to conduct a rapid scoping review on Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) and Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) with a particular focus on integrated care.

The expert scoping 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.

Integrated Care - Patient reported outcome measures and patient reported experience measures - a rapid scoping review (PDF 2.3MB)


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