The effort to create an engaged consumer has resulted in a metric in the making: patient reported outcomes, STAT reports. It springs from an assumption that the answer patients might give to what they want from their health care experience might be more complex than “to get better.” The story uses as an example the father with the bad knee who just wants to dance at his daughter’s wedding. The nationwide effort is being spearheaded by researchers at the University of Utah Health Care System, and it’s too early to determine whether it will improve clinical outcomes.
“Physicians across the sprawling health care system are now collecting data from patients about how their illnesses affect their daily lives,” STAT reports. “The reports are instantly uploaded into electronic medical records, so everyone working with the patient can discuss those goals and lay out a plan to achieve them.”