All NHS patients having hip or knee replacements, varicose vein surgery, or groin hernia surgery are being invited to fill in PROMs questionnaires. PROMs are Patient Reported Outcome Measures.
The NHS is asking patients about their health and quality of life before they have an operation, and about their health and the effectiveness of the operation afterwards. This will help the NHS measure and improve the quality of its care.
How can I take part?
When you go to hospital, you will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire before your operation. By completing a questionnaire you are consenting to the information you provide being held by the NHS. See the Patient information page for more details.
The NHS uses one of four accredited suppliers to support it in the operation of PROMs. The hospital where you are treated is responsible for the collection of PROMs questionnaires. It will be their decision which of the suppliers they use.
How to contact PROMs
If you have further questions about the PROMs programme, please contact the hospital where you received treatment. The Before Your Treatment questionnaire and the After Your Treatment covering letter will have further details.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and NHS England websites both offer additional information about the PROMs programme.