“Very often, a physician will look in amazement at an image or lab result and say, ‘These results are so bad, I can’t believe this patient is walking around,” Dr Kratz explained. At other times, tests reveal no apparent signs of disease pathology, even when the patient is disabled or greatly suffering.
“Objective tests results are just one piece of information about a patient — and not always the most important piece. If we truly want to provide patient-centered care that aims to improve quality of life, getting our patients’ perspective of how they are feeling and functioning is paramount,” Dr Kratz said.
“High quality PROs, such as those offered by PROMIS, can be helpful,” Dr Kratz concluded.
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