OECD Health ministers commit to patient reported measures of performance

At a recent meeting in Paris We health ministers from various Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries  recognised the need to invest in measures that will help us assess whether our health systems deliver what matters most to people.  Reliance on mortality rates and clinical indicators gives only a partial view of the value of health care, they concluded. What people really care about is its impact on their wellbeing and their ability to play an active role in society, so that’s what we should be measuring. And, of course, the only way to do this is to ask patients themselves.

Health Ministers from various OECD countries have endorsed plans for a major programme of work on patient reported indicators of health system performance.  Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) and Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) seem set to become the new currency for comparative performance assessment, but they may have an even more important role in clinical care.

 Measuring what matters to patients  BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j816 (Published 20 February 2017)  BMJ 2017;356:j816

OECD Health Ministers. The next generation of health reforms: ministerial statement. 2017. www.oecd.org/health/ministerial/ministerial-statement-2017.pdf.