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Volume 27, Issue 4 - Patient-reported outcomes

Medical Devices


The good news first: Patient-reported outcomes (PRO) are basically the same in both the medical device and the pharmaceutical sectors. There are the general quality of life tools such as the EQ-5D or the Short-Form Survey questionnaires (e.g. SF-12, SF-36), and there are tools that target specific disease areas, such as the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire (KCCQ) and the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI).

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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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