Measurement of generic patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) in an acute admission unit: A feasibility study

L S van Galen, W van der Schors, N L Damen, Mhh Kramer, C Wagner, Pwb Nanayakkara

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OBJECTIVE: Measuring patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) is a challenge in Acute Admission Units (AAUs), where patients present with a variety of pathologies. Generic PROMs may be used to measure the quality of care in this population. The main objective of this study was to assess the feasibility of measuring generic PROMs in a Dutch AAU.

DESIGN: Longitudinal cohort study Setting: An AAU of a tertiary hospital in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Participants: 123 patients admitted to the AAU during 5 weeks in May and June 2015 METHODS: Patients admitted to the AAU were asked to fill out a questionnaire relating to three time points: 7 days before, during, and within 2 weeks after admission. Additionally, patients were asked to report on their experienced level of safety on the AAU and the contribution of the AAU to their recovery.

RESULTS: There were significant trends in generic PROMs for all three domains. Physical functioning decreased during hospital admission and almost fully returned to the previous level after discharge. Satisfaction with social role and anxiety significantly decreased over time.

CONCLUSIONS: Measuring generic PROMs in the AAU is feasible. The analysis of the PROMs took little effort and results could be reported back to the healthcare workers on the AAU quickly. Patients appreciated being asked about their own perceived health and the quality of care. Given that this is the first study focusing on PROMs in AAU patients in the Netherlands, future studies with larger sample sizes, and from other nations are needed to further investigate PROMs in this patient group to establish International reference values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-9
Number of pages7
JournalAcute Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Adult
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Journal Article
  • Male
  • Netherlands
  • Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
  • Patient Care Management
  • Patient Preference
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures
  • Quality Improvement
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tertiary Care Centers

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