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Patient-reported outcome measures

Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) provide a systematic way to assess the effectiveness of healthcare interventions from the patient’s perspective. They complement and extend traditional measures, such as clinical indicators and measures of output or efficiency.

In 2019–20, the Commission continued to expand on the information and evidence on PROMs hosted on its website. The Commission established an expert advisory group that will support the development of advice on which PROMs are recommended for use in Australia.

The Commission has also been involved in developing, piloting and reporting on PROMs internationally through the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This year, the OECD reported on PROMs for the first time in Health at a Glance 20191, for a range of OECD member countries including Australia. The Commission has also contributed to work to develop a new survey on outcomes and experiences of patients over the age of 45 years who have one or more chronic conditions and receive primary and ambulatory care.