Research boost for translational research

A/Prof Rachael Morton

A prestigious award from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has been presented to Associate Professor Rachael Morton, HSRAANZ Executive Committee member and  health economist at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre.

The NHMRC Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship aims support future leaders to undertake projects focused on translating evidence into practice that will have a deep impact on health care.

A/Prof Morton will use the funding to incorporate Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) into clinical quality registries. The work from this fellowship will help integrate PROMs into national kidney and cancer registries.

The success of treatments for cancer and chronic diseases has been historically assessed using measures considered important by health professionals. Although instruments measuring the patient’s perspective have been available for decades, their incorporation into routine clinical practice has until recently been slow. Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs), are a method to better understand outcomes that matter to patients. They include any metric assessing health, illness or health care benefits from the patient’s perspective; in general they take the form of a questionnaire and more specifically a quality of life or symptom questionnaire. In routine clinical practice, PROMs have the potential to highlight relevant symptoms and changes in symptoms, promote patient engagement in their treatment and improve patient outcomes.