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Provisional Monthly Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in England - April 2012 to March 2013, December 2013 release

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Publication date:
Geographic coverage:
England
Geographical granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations, Hospital Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups
Date range:
01 Apr 2012 to 31 Mar 2013

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.

Extended analyses of the latest finalised data are published three times a year as 'special topics'. The latest Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire (link below), was published on 14th November 2013.

This is an additional extended monthly publication for the purpose of highlighting the change in the reporting of hip and replacement PROMs into separate primary and revision procedures from a single combined value. This change has been made following feedback from clinicians and other PROMs data users that this would make the data more relevant and useful to them.

Key facts

Click this screenshot to see average Casemix-adjusted health gains and statistical outliers by hospital providers:

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For the coverage period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013.

Chart 1

Participation and Coverage

  • There were 239,597 PROMs-eligible procedures carried out in hospitals1 and 180,666 pre-operative questionnaires returned so far, a headline participation rate of 75.4 per cent (74.7 per cent for 2011-12).
  • For the 180,666 pre-operative questionnaires returned, 163,754 post-operative questionnaires were sent out2, of which 101,054 have been returned so far - a return rate of 61.7 per cent3 (79.6 per cent for 2011-12).

Unadjusted 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:

  • 49.3 per cent of groin hernia respondents (49.9 per cent for 2011-12)
  • 87.9 per cent of hip replacement respondents (87.3 per cent for 2011-12)
  • 79.9 per cent of knee replacement respondents (78.4 per cent for 2011-12)
  • 52.8 per cent of varicose vein respondents (53.2 per cent for 2011-12)

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:

  • 37.4 per cent of groin hernia respondents (38.9 per cent for 2011-12)
  • 64.6 per cent of hip replacement respondents (63.6 per cent for 2011-12)
  • 54.8 per cent of knee replacement respondents (53.8 per cent for 2011-12)
  • 41.4 per cent of varicose vein respondents (42.0 per cent for 2011-12)

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.]
  • 95.8 per cent of hip replacement respondents (95.7 per cent for 2011-12) ['Oxford Hip Score']
  • 92.4 per cent of knee replacement respondents (91.6 per cent for 2011-12) ['Oxford Knee Score']
  • 83.0 per cent of varicose vein respondents (83.1 per cent for 2011-12) ['Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire']

Methodology Change


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 48 of the 239,597 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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Last edited: 11 April 2018 5:10 pm