July 27, 2015
An study published in Value in Health has reported on producing methods that assess quality of care via patient-reported outcome-based performance measures (PRO-PMs) of symptoms, functional status, and quality of life. Although collecting and analysing PRO is a standard measure, there is still a need for practical blueprint to “describe methodological best practices for developing, testing, implementing, and interpreting PRO performance measures that can be used as criteria by measure developers and credentialing organizations to evaluate candidate measures.” The American Medical Association convened-Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement assembled a Technical Expert Panel for this purpose. Along with identifying 13 PRO programmes and 10 guidance documents, the article furnishes 9 “methodological best practices for guiding the development and evaluation of PRO measures in performance evaluation” which are described in detail. The authors believe that evaluation of a PRO-PM should not be relegated to whether it is reliable and valid. According to the authors, it should include the patient perspective and hence the context, population and meaningfulness for patients are important points of consideration for PRO-PM evaluation.