Quality of Life Research

, Volume 17, Issue 10, pp 1297–1302

Prospects and challenges in using patient-reported outcomes in clinical practice


DOI: 10.1007/s11136-008-9379-5

Cite this article as:
Fung, C.H. & Hays, R.D. Qual Life Res (2008) 17: 1297. doi:10.1007/s11136-008-9379-5



Patient-reported measures include preferences and reports about care received, health behaviors, and outcomes of care (patient satisfaction and health-related quality of life). These measures are a core aspect of health care, but there is much to be learned about how to use them to improve clinical practice.


We specify linkages among different patient-reported measures and focus upon the prospects and challenges for use of patient-reported outcomes in clinical practice.


Patient-reported measures are important throughout the continuum of patient care. At the initial visit, patient-reported outcomes provide information about what is important to the patient, the patient’s current behaviors, and the patient’s baseline health-related quality of life. At subsequent visits, patient-reported outcomes help evaluate disease progression or regression as well as treatment effects.


Patient-reported measures can help clinicians target interventions that will improve patient outcomes of care. However, there are a number of challenges in using patient-reported outcomes in clinical practice.


Quality of lifeQuality indicators, health careOutcome assessment, health care

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zynx Health, IncorporatedLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLALos Angeles, CAUSA