E. Gibbons, C. Casañas i Comabella and R. Fitzpatrick A structured review of patient-reported outcome measures for patients with skin cancer, 2013 British Journal of Dermatology 168
What's already known about this topic?
- Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are an important feature of government plans to incorporate patients' perspectives of their health as an indicator of quality.
- PROMs have a long history in cancer research as an outcome measure and use in clinical practice for individual monitoring.
- The National PROMs programme for elective procedures achieves high response rates and several pilots are in progress in other conditions.
- Skin cancer is becoming a common cancer with associated morbidity, specifically malignant melanoma.
What does this study add?
- This review provides evidence of measurement criteria for PROMs available for skin cancers.
- There is limited evidence to support the implementation of existing generic measures.
- Several promising PROMs are available for skin cancer but further evaluation and piloting is needed.
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