Patient‐reported outcome measures (PROMs) to guide clinical care: recommendations and challenges

Joan Trujols, Santiago Duran‐Sindreu and Maria J Portella
Med J Aust 2022; 217 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51614
Published online: 18 July 2022

To the Editor: We read with interest the article by Agarwal and colleagues1 outlining the recommendations from the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand for implementing patient‐reported outcome measures (PROMs) to guide clinical care. The article regrettably fails to acknowledge that most of the commonly used PROMs — largely developed without direct patient participation — may merely provide a patient‐rated version of a measure that nevertheless reflects the clinician’s or researcher’s, not the patient’s, perspective.2,3

  • Joan Trujols1,2
  • Santiago Duran‐Sindreu1,2
  • Maria J Portella2,3

  • 1 Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2 Centro de Investigación Médica en Red de Salud Mental (CIBERSAM), Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
  • 3 Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica Sant Pau (IIB‐Sant Pau), Barcelona, Spain


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