Evaluating PROMs in Primary Care


Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are important tools for guiding practice and measuring outcomes, particularly for primary care.

Our lab reviewed PROMs appropriate for primary care settings that capture health-related quality of life (Hand 2016, below).

Another project related to the utility and feasibility of assessing participation and function in daily activities using PROMs within interprofessional primary care, by examining the use of PROMs within occupational therapy primary care falls prevention services. We assessed the Modified Falls Efficacy Scale (MFES) and Late Life Function and Disability Instrument: Disability Scale (LLFDI-DS). Patient-reported outcomes appear feasible to include in interprofessional primary care. Service-specific tools such as the MFES appear useful, and tools that can be used across services require further exploration.


Carri Hand Catherine Donnelly
Martha Bauer Nicole Bobbette
Maria Borczyk Nanette Bowen-Smith
Cecilia Doesborgh Dana Driesman-Klover
Gillian Fish Colleen O’Neill


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Publications & Other Materials

Hand, C. (2016). Measuring health-related quality of life in adults with chronic conditions in primary care settings: Critical review of concepts and 3 tools. Canadian Family Physician, 62(7), e375-e383.