“National leaders in quality say that the evaluation of patient outcomes over time is essential and that care must meet the needs and goals of the patient and their family. Today, we have the opportunity to put real measurement behind the words.”

Elliot S. Fisher MD, MPH
Director, Center for Population Health at The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy & Clinical Practice

What Clinicians say about PRMs...

"From the patient's perspective, it's a great way to minimize rework and duplication of effort."

"PRMs help us understand the implications of our treatments. We can analyze the PRM database and use it to improve the way we care for our patients instead of relying on our own anecdotes and memories."

"PRMs enhance the clinician-patient encounter to make the visit more personal. I now have graphs in my hands to show me whether my patients have improved – it's not just simply my opinion, it's based on scientific data in a graphical form."

What are PRMs?

In the 2009 Federal Register, the US Food and Drug Administration defined patient reported outcome measures as "Any report of the status of a patient's health condition that comes directly from the patient, without interpretation of the patient's response by a clinician or anyone else." At TDI, we think that is a good starting point. We are working with others to expand the definition to include nearly any type of patient self-reported health data. We believe that a broader, more varied set of data can improve decision-making and productivity in the clinic. This data will also help us create the next generation of more powerful patient self-reported tools.

Why is TDI doing this?

We believe that tracking PRMs over time will help determine the impact of treatments on outcomes and the experience with care. Clinicians, with their patients, may set goals and develop care plans that best match the patient's health needs and preferences. Ultimately, PRMs will help to improve patient engagement and the quality of their decisions about health and health care.

How is TDI enabling the collection and use of PRMs?

To promote widespread use of PRMs, TDI has:

  • made available a state-of-the-art data collection platform and benchmarking capability
  • facilitated training and sharing of best practices
  • offered expert consulting services

Case Studies

To learn more about PRMs, please visit our Resources page. If you would like to get involved, please contact us.