Medical Writing Patient-reported outcomes Measuring health outcomes: The foundation of contemporary healthcare decision-making

Volume 27, Issue 4 - Patient-reported outcomes

Measuring health outcomes: The foundation of contemporary healthcare decision-making


Healthcare professionals and patients are (or should be) interested in understanding the benefits of health care. We should be able to know the expected treatment benefits and to see quantifiable evidence that supports those expectations. Such information is a requirement in all clinical studies and there have long been calls for the systematic recording of health outcomes. Without such information how will healthcare professionals
differentiate between treatments that yield health benefits – and those that do not? Key to the measurement of outcomes in healthcare is an understanding as to what is meant by “health”, a concept that continues to
evade a universally agreed definition. The measurement of health outcomes provides three key pieces of information – it identifies whether or not anything has changed, the direction of any change and its
magnitude. New approaches to measuring health outcomes herald new ways of managing and delivering healthcare in the twenty-first century.

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Patient reported outcomes
President's Message
Measuring health outcomes: The foundation of contemporary healthcare decision-making
Measuring quality of life – theoretical background
Quality of life measures – an overview
Publication planning and patient-reported outcomes: Demonstrating value in a multi-stakeholder era
Patient-reported outcome measure translation: An overview
Systematic hospital collection of patient-reported outcome data via patient apps
The PROMIS of electronic patient-reported outcomes
Interview with Professor Matthias Rose on developing patient-reported outcomes and the PROMIS initiative
The UK pharmaceutical industry braces for Brexit, be it mild, severe, or doomsday
Awareness of medical writing as a profession and its career prospects
Estimands – closing the gap between study design and analysis
Protecting the rights of clinical trial patients through disclosure: The significance of plain language
News from the EMA
Regulatory Matters & Regulatory Public Disclosure
Medical Communications
Medical Devices
Journal Watch
In the Bookstores
Good Writing Practice
Getting Your Foot In The Door
My First Medical Writing
Out on Our Own


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