Patient reported outcomes: getting the timing right
Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) are becoming increasingly popular in orthopaedic surgery. Pre and postoperative follow-up often elicit PROMS in the form of generic quality of life instruments (e.g. SF-12) that can be used in economic evaluation to estimate the Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALY). However the timing of postoperative measurement is still under debate. We explore the timing of postoperative PROMs collection and the implications for bias in QALY estimation for economic evaluation.
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
University of Melbourne
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