The effects of treatments on important patient-centred outcomes, such as pain, anxiety, mobility, and health-related quality of life are increasingly assessed, both in medical research and routine clinical care. This information, provided directly by patients, using patient reported outcome measures, can provide valuable evidence to inform clinical decisions, clinical guidelines and health policy. This evidence is particularly useful if treatments have similar survival benefits, but are associated with different side-effects that might reduce a patient's wellbeing. If collected, analysed, and reported appropriately, use of these data can ensure that the patient voice is at the heart of health care.
This lecture is part of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences Inaugural Lecture Series. In this lecture, Professor Melanie Calvert, Professor of Outcomes Methodology, Director Centre for Patient Reported Outcomes Research at the Institute of Applied Health Research, will draw on her personal experiences and emerging UK and international evidence to explore the challenges and benefits of quality of life assessment in healthcare, as she considers how this information can help make patient centred care a reality.