The role of technical advances in the adoption and integration of patient-reported outcomes in clinical care.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Medical care, Volume 53, Issue 2, p.153-9 (2015)


Data Collection, Delivery of Health Care, Integrated, Electronic Health Records, Humans, Internet, Organizational Case Studies, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Patient Outcome Assessment, Patient Satisfaction, Quality of Health Care, Self Report, United States


Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are gaining recognition as key measures for improving the quality of patient care in clinical care settings. Three factors have made the implementation of PROs in clinical care more feasible: increased use of modern measurement methods in PRO design and validation, rapid progression of technology (eg, touchscreen tablets, Internet accessibility, and electronic health records), and greater demand for measurement and monitoring of PROs by regulators, payers, accreditors, and professional organizations. As electronic PRO collection and reporting capabilities have improved, the challenges of collecting PRO data have changed.