St. Paul's Hospital
Nick Bansback, PhD
Program Head – Decision Sciences, CHÉOS
Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Co-Lead, Health Economics & Simulation Modelling Methods Cluster, BC SUPPORT Unit
Patient-Reported Outcome Measures to Inform Patient Management and Policy: Generating Canadian Population Norms and Utility Weights for the VR-12
Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) are questionnaires completed by patients to assess the effects of disease or treatment (or both) on symptoms, functioning, and health-related quality of life from their perspective. In BC, the VR-12 questionnaire is a PROM that is increasingly being including in surveys of patients. The VR-12 includes questions around eight principal health domains including: general health perceptions, physical functioning, role limitations due to physical and emotional problems, bodily pain, energy and fatigue, social functioning, and mental health.
This presentation will report on a study which sought to facilitate use of data from the VR-12 to be used to guide patient management and policy decisions by generating:
- ‘population norms’ for the VR-12 which allows clinicians and researchers to comparing the health of an individual (or group) of patients to a reference group to understand whether they are in comparable, worse, or better health, and
- ‘utility weights’ for the VR-12 which allows the VR-12 to be used to conduct cost-effectiveness analyses
Work in Progress (WiP) presentations take place at St. Paul’s Hospital on alternating Wednesdays from 12:00–1:00 PM. These seminars provide investigators with an opportunity to present ongoing research, obtain feedback from colleagues and peers, and make new connections for their projects. Talks are open, and a light lunch is served.
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