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Physiotherapy. 2015 Jun;101(2):119-25. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2014 Nov 28.

An introduction to patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in physiotherapy.

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School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK; Primary Care and Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Primary Care and Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
Radboud University Medical Centre, Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, UK.
Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre, Primary Care Sciences, Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Electronic address:


The use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) is set to rise in physiotherapy. PROMs provide additional 'patient-centred' data which is unique in capturing the patient's own opinion on the impact of their disease or disorder, and its treatment, on their life. Thus, PROMs are increasingly used by clinicians to guide routine patient care, or for the purposes of audit, and are already firmly embedded in clinical research. This article seeks to summarise the key aspects of PROM use for physiotherapists, both in routine clinical practice and in the research setting, and highlights recent developments in the field. Generic and condition-specific PROMs are defined and examples of commonly used measures are provided. The selection of appropriate PROMs, and their effective use in the clinical and research settings is discussed. Finally, existing barriers to PROM use in practice are identified and recent physiotherapy PROM initiatives, led by the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy are explored.


Clinical practice; PROMs; Patient-reported outcome measures; Patient-reported outcomes; Physiotherapy; Physiotherapy research

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