The provision of patient-centered care leads to better engagement between patients and their healthcare teams. One way to encourage patient-centered care is to incorporate patient-reported outcomes into clinical settings.
The provision of patient-centered care leads to better engagement between patients and their healthcare teams, according to a study from Danielle C. Lavallee, PharmD, PhD, and fellow researchers. One way to encourage patient-centered care is to incorporate patient-reported outcomes into clinical settings. These outcomes can shed light on valuable information that only the patient can provide such as the patient’s experiences of symptoms, quality of life, and functioning; values and preferences; and goals for healthcare, the researchers reported in a study published in Health Affairs.
Patient-reported outcomes can play a role in successful shared decision making, which can enhance the safe and effective delivery of healthcare, according to the authors. These outcome measures complement existing biological measures and physical examinations because they provide standardized assessments of how patients function or feel with respect to their health, quality of life, mental well-being, or healthcare experience.
For instance, patient-reported outcomes can measure an individual’s ability to return to recreational activities or be free of pain following a spine surgery. So when such outcome measures are incorporated into the healthcare visit, they can encourage conversations between patients and doctors that lead to better individualized care.
Some of the ways to include such feedback are
Besides enhancing patient engagement and shared decision making, patient-reported outcomes can be helpful in the following:
“Collecting and using patient-reported outcomes in clinical practice is one practical way to meaningfully transform healthcare, replacing its narrow focus on clinical outcomes with a more holistic view of the patient,” the study authors concluded. “Ultimately, the goal is for a person-centered view of care to drive improvements in practice and in the health of individuals and populations.”