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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

Article first published online: 5 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/bjd.12310

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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