General practitioners' views on use of patient reported outcome measures in primary care: a cross-sectional survey and qualitative study.

Turner, Grace M and Litchfield, Ian and Finnikin, Sam and Aiyegbusi, Olalekan Lee and Calvert, Melanie (2020) General practitioners' views on use of patient reported outcome measures in primary care: a cross-sectional survey and qualitative study. BMC family practice, 21 (1). p. 14. ISSN 1471-2296.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) are increasingly used to assess impact of disease and treatment on quality of life and symptoms; however, their use in primary care is fragmented. We aimed to understand how PROMs are currently being used in primary care, the barriers and facilitators of this use and if appropriate how it might be optimised.

METHODS

Cross-sectional survey and semi-structured interviews among general practitioners (GPs) in England. GPs' opinions were explored using an electronic, self-completed questionnaire disseminated to 100 GPs via an online doctors' community and semi-structured qualitative interviews with 25 GPs.

RESULTS

Most GPs surveyed (77/100; 77%) reported using one or more PROM, primarily to aid clinical management (n = 66) or as screening/diagnostic tools (n = 62). Qualitative interviews highlighted challenges in identifying and selecting PROMs; however, some GPs valued PROMs for shared decision making and to direct patient discussions. The interviews identified key barriers to PROM use including: time constraints; insufficient knowledge; lack of integration into clinical systems; and PROMs being mandated without consultation or explanation. Evidence of the benefit of PROMs is required to promote uptake and use of PROMs in primary care.

CONCLUSION

Implementation of PROMs in primary care requires integration with clinical systems, a bottom-up approach to PROM selection and system design involving meaningful consultation with patients and primary care clinicians and training/support for use.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: W Public health. Health statistics. Occupational health. Health education
WA Patients. Primary care. Medical profession. Forensic medicine
Divisions: Clinical Support
Emergency Services
Planned IP Care
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Depositing User: Mr Muneeb Liaquat
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2020 14:20
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 14:20
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/2817

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