The role of the patient in physiotherapy - an introduction to patient reported outcomes and experiences measures

Iva Lončarić Kelečić



Introduction: High quality clinical care requires the patient to provide information regarding how they feel, their symptoms and the effects of the prescribed treatment. The outcome of physiotherapy must be presented not only through the degree of clinical efficacy, the functional changes observed, measured and evaluated by the physiotherapist, but also through the degree of change experienced and reported by the patient himself.

Aim: To present the basic principles of using patient-reported outcome and experience measures and recommendations for implementation in the daily practice of physiotherapists.

Materials and methods: Available databases were searched PubMed, Croatian Scientific Bibliography and Cochrane Library. The Pub Med and Cocrane Library databases keywords PROMs, PREMs, Physical Therapy, PROMs Physical Therapy, and PREMs Physical Therapy, were used and in the "Croatian Bibliographic Database" key words patient-reported outcome measures and patient-reported experiences measures were used.

Results: Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) and patient-reported experience measures (PROMs) are key assessment tools, with different uses and different tools that provide a complete vision of the quality of care integration from a patient perspective, and help practitioners and patients focus on what really matters to the patient.

Conclusion: Effective selection of PROMs and PREMs and their application in daily clinical practice contributes to better physiotherapy care.


Key words: physiotherapy, patient perspective, outcome measures, experience measures