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Invited Commentary
November 23, 2016

Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Facial Plastic SurgeryA Specialty Finally Gets to Go to the PROM

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. Published online November 23, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.1429

In facial plastic surgery, we have finally begun to join our colleagues in other specialties by raising the bar from an era in which outcomes were based purely on nonquantitative, subjective measures to more quantitative, evidence-based outcome studies. One reason for this is that quality-of-life (QoL) outcomes are becoming important to health care payers, policymakers, patients, and clinicians alike. Quality-of-life measures can be used by payers to index the utility (ie, cost-effectiveness) of given interventions. Determination of the global effects of a given disease and/or intervention on a patient’s QoL can be measured with questionnaires termed patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). Measurement of QoL can be separated into global, disease-specific, and symptom-specific categories.

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