Research & Reports
Research carried out by the UK medical research charity Wellcome Trust last year found only a third of people felt they had a good understanding of how the National Health Service (NHS) uses patient information
A definition of patient centricity, drawn up in collaboration with patients and carers, has been published for use by the pharmaceutical industry.
Remote monitoring technology is the key to easing the NHS bed blocking crisis, according to a report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Every £1 spent on public health returns an extra £14 on the original investment, on average, and in some cases, significantly more than that, according to a review of the evidence, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
Patient-centred and value-based health policy Ireland: First assessment in the EU finds measures to help smokers quit are effective and value for money
The first assessment in the EU of interventions to help people quit smoking and the comparative cost effectiveness of different approaches shows that all current interventions are more cost-effective than trying to stop without assistance
Some stroke survivors say they are disregarding general practitioners' (GP) advice on secondary prevention medications, such as statins, with some patients stopping their medication completely, according to a study of an online stroke forum
Patient-centred and value-based health policy Applying EU funds to restructure healthcare delivery: how and when to invest in new care models
In the face of chronic disease, an ageing population and a shortage of trained staff, Europe urgently needs to devise and implement new delivery models that will make its healthcare systems sustainable in the future.
PROs in healthcare technology and eHealth European Observatory for Health Systems and Policies: harnessing big data for health
An article in the latest edition of WHO Europe’s Eurohealth assess the benefits of big data in healthcare and how policy changes in Europe might affect patients, policy-makers, providers and scientists.
Patient-centred and value-based health policy Rare diseases: video report from launch of the European Reference Networks
In March the EU health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis formally launched the European Reference Networks
Patient empowerment US: Patient support groups improve medication adherence
Peer-to-peer patient support groups have been shown to improve patient health literacy and increase patient empowerment in health decision-making
Patients with hardened arteries who had good communication with their healthcare providers were less likely to use the emergency room and more likely to comply with their treatment plans
Supported self-management UK: give people with asthma tailored support to help them manage the condition
Helping people with asthma take control of their own illness reduces symptoms, improves quality of life, reduces use of emergency health services and even prevents deaths, according to a review of 270 studies carried out by researchers in the UK.
Patient-centred and value-based health policy OECD: Online consultation asks how to improve access to innovative drugs
The OECD has launched an online consultation to get views on how to improve access to innovative therapies, whilst ensuring national drugs budgets do go through the roof.
PROs, PROMs and PREMs Spain: Patients and doctors have different views on quality of life
Although patient-reported outcomes (PROMs) are being promoted as a way to optimise treatment, it is not clear that patients and doctors agree on how PROMs are interpreted.
Patient-centred and value-based health policy Europe: new principles proposed for value-based assessment of rare disease therapies
The number of EU approved drugs for treating rare diseases is increasing but high prices and restrictive reimbursement policies are preventing patients from getting access.
Patient-centred and value-based health policy EU lays the framework for cross border cooperation in rare diseases
European Commission: European Reference Networks connect 900 teams across Europe for the benefit of patients
PROs and PROMs implementation in clinical practice Patients provide more information than clinicians when self-reporting adverse events
Cancer patients were both willing and capable of self-reporting adverse events and are able to provide more information than clinical investigators, according to a study in JAMA Oncology.
PROs in healthcare technology and eHealth Nokia launches mobile phone Patient Care platform
Mobile phone company Nokia is diversifying into the regulated health sector with the launch of Patient Care, a range of services that will enable doctors and health professionals to remotely monitor their patients with smart devices.
PROs and PROMs implementation in clinical practice New EU guide to cost-effective and value-based cancer care will save lives and money
A three-year collaboration involving 25 EU countries and 126 partner organisations has culminated in the publication of the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control.
PROs in healthcare technology and eHealth OECD countries get ready to use electronic data to improve healthcare quality
An analysis of the level of preparedness of each EU member state to implement electronic health records shows there is an emerging effort in most countries to develop new information technology tools for managing large datasets and using electronic health records to improve the quality and performance of Europe’s healthcare systems.
PROs and PROMs implementation in clinical practice Cancer immunotherapies require a new value-based model of patient-reported outcomes
Therapies that prime a patient’s own immune system to recognise and attack tumours are revolutionising cancer treatment. However, the high cost of novel immunotherapies raises concerns about access.
Healthcare policy New recommendations for measuring health benefits of treatments
Health-state utility is a health economics measurement that determines a patient’s health status and quality of life following a treatment.
Netherlands: Erasmus Medical Hospital implements standards to improve treatment of children with cleft lip and palate
In January 2017, Erasmus MC began adapting its care pathways to match the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) standard set for all cleft palate patients , following a successful trial in 2016.
PROs in healthcare technology and eHealth UK and Australia: Electronic monitoring of adherence improves clinical outcomes in children with asthma
Smartinhaler is a personal medical monitoring system developed by Adherium Ltd of New Zealand.
Patient-centred and value-based health policy European Commission: Cost of unsafe care and cost-effectiveness of patient safety programmes
A European Commission report by Gesundheit Österreich Forschungs- und Planungs GmbH and SOGETI evaluates the impact of patient safety and cost-effectiveness programmes in healthcare systems of EU member states.
PROs, PROMs and PREMs Canada, Netherlands and US: Interpreting patient-reported outcomes data to patients and clinicians
Patient-reported outcomes have proved to be useful for better healthcare management and clinical performance.
PROs in healthcare technology and eHealth Germany, Switzerland and US: Brain-computer interface system allows locked-in syndrome patients to communicate
For the first time in clinical practice, doctors have used a brain-computer interface to communicate with patients suffering from complete paralysis and get responses to simple “yes” or “no” questions, by detecting distinct patterns in patients’ brain activity.
Patient-centred and value-based health policy OECD: fifteen recommendations to boost the use of patient outcomes
Health ministers from OECD countries, joined by other seven states, gave the go-ahead to the development of international league tables comparing patient outcomes at a meeting in Paris on 17 January.
PROs and PROMs implementation in clinical practice France: patient satisfaction ratings of 1,000 hospitals are now available online.
December 15th saw the first publication of patient satisfaction rankings in France, with data for 983 hospitals now available online. The ratings are based on the opinions of 56,759 patients who spent more than 48 hours at the facilities.
PROs in healthcare technology and eHealth Stanford University: New wearable sensors can help detect serious illness in the pre-symptomatic stages
Scientists from Stanford have published recent findings about the use of new types of wearable sensors that allow frequent and continuous measurements of body functions, including heart rate, skin temperature, blood oxygen levels, and physical activity.
Patient-centred and value-based health policy US: Challenges to the implementation of PROs in clinical practice for patients with upper extremity disability and injury
Scientists at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and the Rush University Medical Center have highlighted potential barriers to the implementation of patient reported outcome measures for patients that suffer from severe forms of disability and injury.
PROs in healthcare technology and eHealth University of North Carolina Cancer Center: Cost and technology challenges of harnessing patients’ voices in cancer clinical care
Work is needed to reduce the barriers to electronic reporting of patients’ symptoms in between clinical visits, according to Ethan Basch, director of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Outcomes Research Programme, writing in the New England Medical Journal.
PROs and PROMs implementation in clinical practice Canada: Use of abbreviated PROs for prediction of survival in early-stage colorectal cancer
Researcher and physicians from several Canadian universities reported on the effectiveness of abbreviated forms of patient reported outcomes (PRO) measures to inform health professionals about patients with a comparatively severe prognosis of colorectal cancer.
Patient-centred and value-based health policy Ireland: ten new standards to improve the quality of data collection in health
The Irish government plans to apply the new indicators in all the medical centres in the country, to improve the collection and quality of health and social care data.
A European Commission report describes ten examples of the implementation of big data in health from across member states and sets out policy recommendations for improving the performances of European healthcare systems
Research groups in Geneva and Boston surveyed 103 subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) about their preferences for using different types of electronic devices in clinical trials, including computers, internet and smartphones.
Researchers from the University of London, AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline have developed a set of questions for practicing clinicians to consider when reviewing the results of patient-reported outcome (PROs) measures and effectiveness of medical procedures.
The final report of the Realising the Value programme, an 18-month programme funded by NHS England in support of its Five Year Forward View sets out ten key actions on what should be done and how people need to work differently, to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing.
This systematic review of PRO measurements in cancer clinical trials in Germany identified studies that use these measures and assessed the feasibility of collecting this type of patient-reported data in cancer clinical practice.
Researchers at the Medical Centre of the Gutenberg University in Mainz conducted a study to determine the extent of acceptance of web-based aftercare among patients in in-patient care.
Getting the most out of PROMs: Putting health outcomes at the heart of NHS decision-making (King’s Fund)
A very comprehensive 2011 report that contains a basic introduction to PROMs and their potential to improve healthcare services, as well as recommendations for methods of data collection and interpretation and understanding outcomes.
As part of its regular review of health systems in the developed countries, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has been incorporating more statistics on what patients think of their treatments. This site includes a selection of results, and recommendations.
A 2016 policy paper that showcases the importance of measuring outcomes for greater transparency in and oversight of the performance of European healthcare systems.
One of the problems of analysing patient outcomes is discriminating clearly between different diseases and variants.That’s the case for type 1 and 2 diabetes – different syndromes, but not always analysed separately in the health data.
This provides a new look at the way patients are asked about the effect of the prescription drugs they take. While questionnaires about effectiveness, side-effects or other concerns are common, how standardised are they, or can they be?
Cancer is a horrible diagnosis for anybody – but it can seem especially tough for teenagers and young adults. How do you ask them about it? What can you learn from their answers, to treat others?
The National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology in England advised the Department of Health and NHS England about transitioning to a more digital secondary healthcare system and provides 10 implementation recommendations.
A research group at the University of Oxford reports developing an online tool to track unreported results. It compares the US Food and Drug Administration’s list of permissions to start trials with the published reports of those trials online. The group notes the methodology isn’t perfect, but does provide some estimates on the extent of the problem.
The report says equipment installed in hospitals is older than ever before, and says about 3,000 of the CT units are obsolete. Out-dated devices are unable to use the latest advances in the field, which would mean less radiation exposure for patients.
The report outlines several possible actions that the Commission and member-states could take to coordinate their digital health policies better, including a three-year plan for action.
Patients completed a questionnaire assessing outcome parameters including disability progression and work capability, to assess the effectiveness of Novartis’ fingolimod (Gilenya) in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
UK: Study of patient satisfaction after surgery to correct congenital ear deformities sets out national benchmark for care
A study was performed at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), London and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Edinburgh to assess patient satisfaction rates and understand how to improve outcomes.
The study carried out by researchers at Aberdeen University, provides a guide to how to improve the existing PROMs feedback methods in cancer pain management.
Patient-centred and value-based health policy Study of 243 hospitals points to the need to examine the evidence before de-skilling nursing care
A new study has shown that using nursing assistants instead of professional nurses not only decreases patient satisfaction but also increases the risk of dying in hospital.
The PROM scores for anorexia nervosa and other unspecified eating disorders, indicate that patient-reported assessments are more indicative of patients’ eating disorder symptoms than clinician evaluations.
The study, commissioned by the electronics company Philips, covers Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the US.
Healthcare policy Denmark: primary care needs to be more patient-centred says OECD
Patient surveys show that Danes rate their GP care highly, with 91 per cent giving a positive assessment compared to a European Union average of 84 per cent in a recent survey, published by the OECD.
On average 18.4 per cent of the patients walking 900 or more steps saw their condition worsen for reasons associated with being in hospital. Of those who took fewer steps, 55.4 per cent saw their condition worsen.
Patient-centred and value-based health policy A simple and objective metric for verifying the data quality of cancer registries
In order to provide a more objective way of assessing the quality of cancer registry data, scientists at the EU’s Joint Research Centre investigated whether cancer incidence rates obeyed Benford's law, or the law of first digits.
Patient-centred and value-based health policy Call for the EU to create a centralised health technology assessment body
There should be a greater effort to create a harmonised system for health technology assessment (HTA), according to a paper issued by the Institute of Competitiveness (I-Com Europe), an Italian think tank.