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Keywords:

  • Outcome Assessment;
  • Measurement;
  • Pain Management;
  • Quality of Health Care;
  • Treatment Outcome;
  • Standards of Care

Abstract

Objective

This manuscript reviews how patient-reported outcomes data can be used to guide efforts to improve patient outcomes.

Design

Review Manuscript.

Setting

The clinical management of chronic, non-cancer pain.

Subjects

Adult patients receiving treatment for chronic, non-cancer pain.

Results

While there have been great advances in the science of pain and various therapeutic medications and interventions, patient outcomes are variable. This manuscript reviews how outcomes data can be used to guide efforts to improve patient outcomes.

Conclusions

Patient outcomes can be improved with standardization of the process of patient care, as well as through other quality improvement efforts. The cornerstone to any effort to improve patient outcomes starts with the integration of valid outcomes data collection into ongoing patient care. Outcome measurement tools should provide information on several key domains, yet the process of data collection should not pose a significant burden on either the patient or health care team. Efforts to improve patient outcomes are ongoing, and should be a high priority for every health care team.