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July 25, 2019

Patient-Reported Outcomes in Routine Care—A True Innovation but Only If Used Correctly

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Amsterdam University Medical Center, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
JAMA Oncol. 2019;5(9):1258-1260. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.2321

Although rates of death from cancer have decreased in the past decades, cancer treatment still greatly affects patients’ long-term physical, emotional, and sexual functioning.1 To better understand and improve these outcomes, patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are essential because these topics can only be assessed from the patients’ perspective. The use of PROMs both in clinical oncology and in cancer research continues to increase because the value of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) is now more widely acknowledged.2 According to the US National Academy of Medicine, “PROs are an essential element of person-centered, high-quality care for patients with cancer” and provide the best way to quantify patients’ well-being.3

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