Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) have been collected for varicose vein treatment along with three other conditions since 2009/10. Patients undergoing PROMs-eligible varicose vein treatment are asked to complete a questionnaire before treatment and again three months after treatment.
There are a number of different ways that varicose veins can be treated, ranging from surgical removal to more modern, less invasive techniques. In many cases these different techniques are used in combination with one another within the same episode of care.
In July 2013, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance recommending the adoption of these new techniques where appropriate, in preference to traditional surgical methods.
The purpose of this PROMs special topic is to look at the differences in outcome between these treatments as reported by the patient on their PROMs questionnaires.