A new contract that will help improve the use of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs), which support the NHS to collect patient feedback on the success of their operations, was today awarded to the Royal College of Surgeons and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
NHS hospitals in England now routinely use PROMs when asking patients who undergo four common operations to assess how successful they felt the operation was at reducing symptoms and disability and improving their quality of life.
The RCS and LSHTM have been commissioned to look at how the data, representing over 200 000 patients a year, can best be used to stimulate improvements in the quality of care patients receive.
They will look at:
* Developing new ways of analysing the data - innovative ways of comparing the outcomes achieved at different hospitals will be undertaken.
* Better publication - finding new ways to present the huge amounts of statistical information that PROMs will generate in a way that is meaningful to the public, clinicians and those who manage and commission health services.
* Comparing cost-effectiveness - To support the work of the National Joint Registry PROMs data for hip and knee replacements will be linked to the existing National Joint Registry. This will give a better picture of the outcomes of joint replacement, in order to provide patients with the hip and knee prosthetics which have been shown to be the most clinically and cost effective.
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