The PROMS: Capturing the patient's experience
Enabling patients to live well with long-term conditions (LTC) is a goal of the NHS Outcomes Framework (Domain 2). Understanding the experience of patients is a crucial part of supporting this goal as well as providing quality health and social care.
A standardised questionnaire, called a Patient-Reported Outcome Measure (PROM), known as the ‘EQ 5D' is commonly used to capture this type of information from patients with long-term conditions.
However, the EQ 5D has only five questions and does not address many important aspects of living with long-term conditions, such as multimorbidity (having multiple health conditions at the same time).