Use of PROMs Data – a Multi-Level Approach  

We recommend thinking of three levels for the use of PROMs data within the health system:

  1. Micro – Patient/clinician level: At this level, PROMs data can be used at the individual patient level. PROMs offer an opportunity for patients to provide input and perspective into their own care, and enhances communication with their healthcare providers. At the individual patient level, PROMs data can inform clinical practice, and enhance patient management. Data could be used to screen for certain health issues or symptoms, and assess and monitor patients’ health status over time. PROMs data could be used to support decision-making around patient care and management. 
  2. Meso – Organization level: At this level, healthcare providers could aggregate PROMs data to identify certain outcomes or symptoms in a panel of patients or at a given clinic or treatment site, and identify gaps in care. PROMs data could also be used to assess and monitor health outcomes of a group of patients over time, to evaluate health programs within certain clinics or organizations, and to evaluate the impact of healthcare services. 
  3. Macro – System level: At this level, PROMs data can be used to evaluate the performance of the healthcare system by incorporating a patient perspective, to compare outcomes across different jurisdictions or regions or over time. This high-level use of PROMs data could support health policy-makers in health care service allocation decisions that take into account patients’ perspective and priorities.

PROMs Resources

APERSU PROMs White Paper

APERSU developed a White Paper to provide a brief overview of PROMs and their use in Alberta and guidance to enhance the use of these measures within the healthcare system in the province.


 EQ-5D in Primary Care Networks

The EQ-5D can be used at different levels within the healthcare system for various purposes; some are outlined in this one-pager within primary care.

Webinars on PROMs Use

May 28, 2020. Title: The use of routinely collected PROMs data in Community Rehabilitation in Alberta
Webinar materials: Presentation Slides

March 26, 2020. Title: “How can we use routinely collected PROMs data to support decision-making within the healthcare system?
Webinar materials: Presentation Slides