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Understanding patient perspectives to inform health services and care
There is growing interest in the use of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in the health care system to support person-centred care, practice improvement, and policy development. PRO research at Advancing Health focuses on statistical methods for PROs, their use in clinical practice, the development and validation of PRO measurement instruments, and reviews for the selection and utilization of PROs.
About the Program
The Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO) program focuses on the testing and use of PRO tools, like questionnaires delivered in paper form, online, or via a handheld device. These tools capture how people perceive their health outcomes, including their quality of life, symptoms, daily functioning, and other aspects of physical, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being.
Patient-reported measurements help to measure what matters most to people. There is growing interest in the use of PROs in the Canadian health care system to support person-centred care, practice improvement, and policy development.What are PROs?
PRO research at Advancing Health focuses on analytical methods for PROs, the use of PROs to evaluate and improve healthcare, tools for measuring PROs, and reviews about the use of PROs. The program is also involved in knowledge synthesis and translation to support the use of PROs by patients, family caregivers, clinicians, and health care leaders. The program is led by Dr. Rick Sawatzky, a Professor in the School of Nursing at Trinity Western University, among other affiliations.Learn More
The primary research and methodology areas our Patient-Reported Outcomes Program undertakes are:
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