Current Status of Worldwide Use of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in Spine Care.

TitleCurrent Status of Worldwide Use of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in Spine Care.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsFalavigna A, Dozza DCassol, Teles AR, Wong CChek, Barbagallo G, Brodke D, Al-Mutair A, Ghogawala Z, K Riew D
JournalWorld Neurosurg
Date Published2017 Dec
KeywordsAdult, Attitude of Health Personnel, Electronic Mail, Female, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Internationality, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Multivariate Analysis, Odds Ratio, Patient Reported Outcome Measures, Quality of Life, Spine, Surgeons, Surveys and Questionnaires, Time Factors

OBJECTIVES: Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are the most widely accepted means of measuring outcomes after spine procedures. We sought to determine the current status of worldwide use of PROMs in Latin America (LA), Europe (EU), Asia Pacific (AP), North America (NA), and Middle East (ME) to determine the barrier to its full implementation.

METHODS: A questionnaire survey was sent by e-mail to members of AOSpine to evaluate their familiarity and use of PROMs instruments and to assess the barriers to their use in spine care practice in LA, EU, AP, NA, and ME.

RESULTS: A total of 1634 AOSpine members from LA, EU, AP, NA, and ME answered the electronic questionnaire. The percentage of spine surgeons who were familiar with the generic health-related quality of life questionnaire was 71.7%. In addition, 31.9% of respondents did not use any PROMs routinely. The main barriers to implementing PROMs were lack of time to administer the questionnaires (57%) followed by lack of staff to assist in data collection (55%), and the long time to fill out the questionnaires (46%). The routine use of questionnaires was more frequent in NA and EU and less common in LA and ME (P < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: We found that 31.9% of spine surgeons do not use the PROMs questionnaire routinely. This appears to occur because of lack of knowledge regarding their importance, absence of reimbursement for this extra work, minimal financial support for clinical research, the cost of implementation, and lack of concern among physicians.

Alternate JournalWorld Neurosurg
PubMed ID28893693