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Finalised Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England for Groin Hernia and Varicose Vein Procedures (April 2017 to September 2017)

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Geographic Coverage:
England
Date Range:
01 Apr 2017 to 30 Sep 2017

Summary

Patients undergoing elective inpatient surgery for four common elective procedures (hip and knee replacement, varicose vein surgery and groin hernia surgery) funded by the English NHS are asked to complete questionnaires before and after their operations to assess improvement in health as perceived by the patients themselves. This publication is for Finalised Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England for Groin Hernia and Varicose Vein Procedures - April 2017 to September 2017.
 

It is important to note that as the finalised data presented for groin hernia and varicose vein procedures between April to September 2017 this relates only to part of the typical reporting year period. Figures presented should not be assumed to be representative of the full 2017-18 period as this introduces scope for possible issues such as seasonality to influence the data. As a result comparisons to prior finalised data relating to information captured within a full typical collection year have not been made within the associated Official Statistics report.

Key Facts

For the coverage period 1 April 2017 to 30 September 2017.

Participation and Coverage

  • There have been 48,382 PROMs-eligible groin hernia and varicose vein procedures carried out in hospitals1 ,and 24,006 pre-operative questionnaires returned so far, a headline participation rate of 49.6 per cent.
  • For the 24,006 pre-operative questionnaires returned, 23,115 post-operative questionnaires were sent out2, of which 11,771 have been returned so far - a return rate of 50.9 per cent3.

National Scores

Comparing pre- and post-operative 'EQ-5D Index' scores (a combination of five key criteria concerning patients' self-reported general health), an increase in general health was recorded for:

  • 51.3 per cent of groin hernia respondents.
  • 51.1 per cent of varicose vein respondents.

Comparing pre- and post-operative 'EQ-VAS' values (the current state of the patient's self-reported general health), an increase in general health was recorded for:

  • 39.1 per cent of groin hernia respondents.
  • 39.6 per cent of varicose vein respondents.

Comparing pre- and post-operative responses to condition-specific questions, improvements in patients' conditions were recorded for:

  • There is no condition-specific scoring for groin hernia patients.
  • 81.5 per cent of varicose vein respondents ['Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire']

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Web Platform Tool

NHS Digital are using Microsoft's Power Bi to create an interactive web platform tools to surface our data. PROMs data can be accessed by clicking the image below. 

PROMs Power BI

Footnotes

  1. An 'eligible procedure' is counted for each episode in HES in the period in question which has been clinically coded with relevant hip, knee, varicose vein or groin hernia OPCS procedure codes which make it suitable for inclusion in PROMs. Some patients may have undergone more than one PROMs procedure in a single eligible episode, hence there will be more procedures than episodes: this is the case for 201 procedures.
  2. Not every pre-operative questionnaire will have a post-operative questionnaire sent out, for various reasons including the cancellation of an operation or the death of the patient.
  3. This will be an underestimate of the true rate due to the time delay in returning post-operative questionnaires.

 

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