During the last decade patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) and satisfaction have become accepted as valid tools in orthopaedic research and health care policy. In 2008 Lord Darzi1, in his landmark report on the NHS, set outcomes and quality at the centre of government policy, stating that “as important is the effectiveness of care from the patient’s own perspective which will be measured through PROMs”. Measuring treatment results is not a new concept: well over a century ago Florence Nightingale registered the outcomes of care as “Relieved; Unrelieved; and Died”. In 1908E A Codman (an orthopaedic shoulder and tumour surgeon in Boston) asked, “What actually happened to the patient?”.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of Trauma and Orthopaedics|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2013|