Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROs): Overview and Relevance to Research on Nutrition

Publish Date: 2012
Author(s): Louis Matza, PhD


Many aspects of medical conditions such as pain and fatigue are known only by patients themselves. A patient-reported outcome (PRO) instrument involves the report of health status coming directly from the patient without interpretation of the patient’s response by a clinician or investigator. Increasingly, clinical trials and other treatment outcome studies are relying on PRO measurement as primary outcomes or as instruments that can add information to clinical measures. Dr Matza reviews the uses of both generic and condition-specific PRO instruments in nutrition research, describing both their value and their shortcomings in measuring outcomes of nutrition-related interventions.
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Louis Matza, PhD

United BioSource Corporation, Center for Health Outcomes Research, USA
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