Patient Reported Measures (PRMs) give patients a greater say in their care. PRMs capture patients’ perspectives of their own health and experiences to improve their health outcomes and quality of care.
PRMs can be broken down into two categories:
Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS)
PROMs capture the patient’s perspectives about how illness or care impacts on their health and wellbeing. Patients are surveyed on their quality of life, daily functioning, symptoms, mental and emotional wellbeing, and other aspects of their health – outcomes that matter most.
PROMS can show the impact of a specific treatment when survey results are compared before and after, or they can be used to show general changes in a person’s health outcomes over time.
Patient-Reported Experience Measures (PREMS)
PREMs capture the patient’s experience of the health services they receive, such as accessibility, the physical environment, and aspects of their interactions with clinicians.
PRMs help us to understand and evaluate factors that influence individuals’ health outcomes, and help us make decisions at a service level to improve outcomes for whole populations.
Benefits of PRMs include:
- Better decision making – ensuring that patients and clinicians have all the information they need to make the best decisions together
- Continuous quality improvement – looking at outcomes and experiences for groups of patients to see how we’re doing at a service level and identifying opportunities for improvement
- Value-based care – being able to plan services at a population level based on what matters most to patients.
PRMs are an important component of understanding if we’re truly delivering excellent healthcare.
About the Statewide PRMs Program
We are implementing a standardised approach to enable the systematic collection, analysis and reporting of PROMs and PREMs to clinicians so they can provide the best care to patients.
We held a workshop in 2020 with key stakeholders to decide on the vision, principles and enablers for the Statewide PRMs Program.
What people asked for:
The Statewide PRM Program commenced in July 2021 with the establishment of the Program Board in late 2021.
The PRM team are currently involved in procurement activities and planning for Stage 1 implementation, tentatively scheduled for mid 2022.
In early 2022 the PRM Research Collaborative was established in partnership with Health Translation SA, with the inaugural Research Symposium planned for March.
Check out resources on the research around PRMs and their effectiveness, and a list of validated patient surveys to help you improve your service. Check out the resources.
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