International meeting for health systems PROMs users, Brussels

Left to right: Nancy Devlin, Jeff Johnson, Fatima Al Sayah, Bas Janssen

Professor Nancy Devlin (Health Economics Unit, University of Melbourne), and Professor Jeff Johnson (School of Public Health, University of Alberta), co-chaired a round-table meeting of leaders from health care systems in Brussels on September 17th 2019. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together patient reported outcomes (PRO) users from around the world to share experiences, challenges and emerging good practises in using PROs as part of routine outcomes measurement and quality management in health care systems.

The meeting brought together representatives from health care systems in Norway, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands and England, each of whom presented on their use of PROMs data, in particular the EQ-5D, to inform commissioning, patient choice, quality management and policy. The OECD  presented its work on using PROMs as a means of strengthening the international comparison of health system performance through patient-reported indicators.

The meeting was funded by the EuroQol Research Foundation. The organising committee comprised Nancy Devlin, Jeff Johnson, Fatima Al Sayah (Research Manager, Alberta PROMs and EQ-5D Research and Support Unit (APERSU, University of Alberta) and Bas Janssen (Senior Scientist, EuroQol Research Foundation, Rotterdam).