Is PROMIS better than traditional care to improve outcomes? — 5 key notes

Is the patient reported outcomes measurement information system implemented by the Bethesda, Md.-based National Institutes of Health producing better patient outcomes than traditional measures? A study in The American Journal of Gastroenterology found out.

Here's what you need to know.

1. Researchers from health systems and universities nationwide performed a pragmatic clinical trial with an off-on study design alternating between PROMIS and control groups at a Veterans Affairs and three university-affiliated clinics.

Patients completed PROMIS questionnaire before their visit and the questionnaires were available before and during the patient's visit. Providers followed customary practices for the control group.

2. The researchers had a total of 217 patients in the PROMIS group and 154 in the traditional care group, and found patient satisfaction was similar between groups.

3. The interpersonal and shared decision making skills of the providers were equal to each other in both groups.

4. The researchers concluded that PROMIS did not improve patient satisfaction or assessment of provider's skills.

5. The researchers added that future studies are needed to optimize PROMISE before any sort of widespread adaptation.

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