Primary care is the first point of contact in the healthcare system. Primary care providers offer day-to-day care for their patients, including routine check-ups, as well as follow-up and monitoring of patients with chronic conditions.
Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) are extremely powerful tools, yet they are underutilized in the primary care setting. Recently, there has been a growing interest for integrating routinely collected PROMs into practice, and for good reason.
Routinely collecting PROMs provide many opportunities to enhance primary care services, including:
- Better communication and shared decision making between patients and providers
- Making sure that patients’ needs and priorities are properly taken into account when making decisions about their health care
- Informing decisions about changing treatment plans
- Predicting the course of disease and the outcomes of care
- Improving the quality of healthcare patients receive
- Promoting a more patient-orientated service
- Gaining more information on quality of life
- Shaping best practices
While measures of provider productivity and adherence to the standards of recommended care are routinely captured, PROMs identify how individual patient feels in terms of their health and sense of well-being. PROMs data can be captured during routine visits with healthcare providers and over a period of time this data can be used to identify any changes in self-reported health or well-being that may need to be addressed during the patient visit.
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