From April 2009 onwards, patients undergoing elective inpatient surgical procedures for hip replacement and knee replacement have been invited to complete pre- and post-operative questionnaires on their general and condition-specific health. Patient participation in PROMs is on a voluntary basis.
Responses to these questionnaires are analysed to assess the outcomes of the surgical procedures based on patients’ self-reported health.
PROMs publications and data can be used by patients to inform their choice of hospital provider and are used to by hospital clinicians to inform decisions about individual patients’ direct care. The data have also been used in medical research studies to improve outcomes by comparing scores across different types of treatments.
The reporting schedule for the PROMs publications has been changed which now means the finalised full-year data will be published six months earlier. Previously published in August, this will now be February.
This decision was made due to address reporting needs amongst key users of the data for calculating more-timely finalised PROMS data. From reviewing the life cycle of historical PROMS data, we can see the majority of records have been received and processed by six months after the first full-year provisional data is released, with little variation seen in the calculated national rates after that point.