Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) assess the quality of care delivered to NHS patients from the patient perspective. The latest provisional results were published in May
PROMs calculate the health gains after surgical treatment using pre- and post-operative patient surveys. These comparisons include all NHS funded patients incuding those using private providers. Extracted data is also now beginning to provide comparisons on post operative complications such as level of infections and readmission.
PROMs is limited at present to four procedures: hip replacements knee replacements hernia varicose veins The first Patient survey suggested benefit from common procedures varied markedly by provider
Final 2009-10 and 2010-11 results of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) surveys in England were published together for the first time by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC); allowing the first ever year-on-year comparison.
As data quality improves and the number of procedures covered increases, this information should provide a good indicator for patients choosing hospitals- once someone makes it a bit more accessible to us ordinary folks. Maybe something for the local healthwatch? Or perhaps something for the Sec of States proposed new Star rating system