How we can better conduct the PROMS

Researcher Dr Michael Anderson tells of his work on understanding the enablers and barriers that could improve the uptake of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in private healthcare.

The Private Healthcare Inform­ation Network (PHIN) has a huge role to play in improving transparency in private healthcare.

Publishing data on the sector is a strong enabler to protect patient safety as well as promote choice. One way in which PHIN is really pushing for this is through its ambitious Patient Reported Out­come Measures (PROMs) programme. 

PROMS are the only standardised measure that produce outcomes from a patient perspective. There are several benefits in using them. 

1 There is an intrinsic value in routinely using PROMS as they facilitate a shift towards providing more patient-centred care. 

2 They can flag patients who do not experience as exp­ected health gains post-surgery, which can be investigated and additional support provided, if needed. 

3 They can be useful from a comparative perspective. By identifying above or below average PROMs scores, hospitals and consultants can share best practice, and look into underlying factors driving below-average performance.

PHIN’s ambition is to use PROMs nationally to inform patient choice.