We are delighted to share the release of our latest Value in Health article in partnership with CEDAR. ‘First steps in PROMs and PREMs collection in Wales as part of the prudent and Value-Based healthcare agenda’ is now freely available to read following its publication in the Quality of Life Research journal.
This article provides a useful background to those who are interested in what PROMs are and how they can be used in healthcare. It describes the ways in which PROMs can help clinical staff to involve patients in their care, and their role in patient-clinician shared decision making as well as their potential to inform decision making at health board and Government levels by providing evidence on the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of different treatment options.
Additionally the paper describes how co-ordinated national PROMs collection started in Wales and the development of a national electronic system to help facilitate this. It details the current state of play in relation to what PROMs tools have been agreed Nationally and what has been collected in each health board, and future plans to improve the usability of the data collected.
We would like to give special thanks to Kathleen Withers, Dr Robert Palmer, Dr Sally Lewis and Prof Grace Carolan‑Rees for their contributions, and of course to all of the staff and service users who are supporting PROMs collection in Wales.