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March 24, 2021

The Growing Case for Routine Collection of Patient-Reported Outcomes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Medical Service, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California
  • 2Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California
JAMA Cardiol. 2021;6(5):497-498. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2021.0391

The clinical history elicited during the patient visit is traditionally viewed as the most important source of medical information,1,2 particularly for patients with heart failure.3 As medical students, we learned that although the patient is the source of the data, the expert clinician knows what is relevant and how best to integrate the patient’s information to determine diagnosis and prognosis.