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Quality of Life Research 3/2019

Implementing patient-reported outcome measures in clinical practice: a companion guide to the ISOQOL user’s guide

Quality of Life Research > Uitgave 3/2019
Eric K. H. Chan, Todd C. Edwards, Kirstie Haywood, Sean P. Mikles, Louise Newton



The use of patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures in clinical practice is increasing. Following the creation of a ‘User’s Guide to Implementing PRO Assessment in Clinical Practice’ by the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), volunteers from ISOQOL sought to create a Companion Guide to assist health care providers with the scientific and practical considerations involved in implementing and using PRO measures in clinical care by using information from real-world case studies. This paper summarizes the key issues presented in the Companion Guide.


Ten respondents, who were members of the ISOQOL’s CP-SIG and worked in various clinical areas, participated in a survey or telephone interview. Participants were from Canada (n = 2), Denmark (n = 1), England (n = 2), Holland (n = 1), and the United States (n = 4).


Based on the information provided by respondents, a Companion Guide was produced, organized according to the nine questions presented in the User’s Guide. An additional section for key take-home messages was also provided. This guide provides examples of issues and considerations related to the implementation of PRO measures in clinical practice.


Respondents provided insight into their experiences and emphasized that PRO initiatives were likely to be more successful if there is purposeful, designed integration into clinical practice, meaningful substantive engagement with all stakeholders and access to necessary organizational resources. The ability to leverage existing technology as well as realistic and stakeholder consensus-driven expectations for planning and timing were also key to the successful implementation of PRO measures.

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