Patient Reported Outcomes: The Foundation of Value

Lauren Maccormick Tatman, William T. Obremskey

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Summary:As we transition from volume-based to value-based health care, orthopedic surgeons must understand the role of outcomes in measuring value. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) offer a number of advantages in orthopedic trauma compared with traditional clinical and radiographic results while also being an important indicator of the patient's perception of their condition. Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System, developed and funded by the National Institutes of Health, has a number of features that make PRO date collection less burdensome for providers and patients. Patient-specific factors, including comorbidities, mental health, social support, and preinjury function need to be accounted for in our assessment, because all of these factors have demonstrated an impact on outcomes. Orthopedic surgeons should be aware of how they can transition their practice in an era of value-based health care in a manner that will benefit their patients and provide insight into their own clinical practice. Prospective collection of PROs is no longer limited to academic surgeons conducting research, and all orthopedic surgeons should consider incorporating PROs into their daily clinical practice. Orthopedic surgeons must maintain an active role in the development of policies and reimbursement models to advocate for and serve our patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S53-S55
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019


  • health care
  • patient-reported outcomes
  • quality
  • value


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