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DH to judge GPs on patient reported outcomes

By Ian Quinn

The Government has unveiled plans for the rollout of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) in primary care.

The Department of Health said it was ‘actively exploring' the potential for routine collection and use of data, based on the patients view of their care, similar to schemes rolled out earlier this year for hospital care.

The DH said the use of PROMs data in primary care would initially focus on six long term conditions, asthma, COPD, diabetes, epilepsy, heart failure and stroke.

PROMS, a brainchild of Lord Darzi's NHS Next Stage Review, were launched in April, with all licensed providers of hip replacements, hernia surgery, and varicose vein surgery expected to get patient feedback on their care and the Government expects to have 250,000 patients involved by the end of the year.

Mark Davies, medical director at he NHS Information Centre and a GP in Hebdon Bridge, Northumberland, said: 'If we're serious about patient-centred practice within the NHS, measuring outcomes from a patient's perspective is vital, and PROMS provides one such opportunity to do this.

'We need to use information from a range of perspectives to effectively measure the value of our care and drive improvements in quality of care. PROMS is an important vehicle for patients to play a fundamental role in this process.'

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