Health and Quality-of-Life Outcomes

The Role of Patient-Reported Measures

Published in: Outcomes Measurement in the Human Services. 2nd Ed.: Cross-Cutting Issues and Methods in the Era of Health Reform / Magnabosco, Jennifer L. and Manderscheid, Ronald W., eds. (Washington, DC: NASW Press, Dec. 2011), Chapter 9, p. 129-146

by Dasha Cherepanov, Ron D. Hays

This chapter discussed key issues in the use of patient-reported outcome measures, with special emphasis on health-related quality of life. It also explores application of these measures for population surveillance, research, and clinical practice. Patient evaluation of care measures from the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems are used as an example.

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