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Interpreting Patient-Reported Outcome Measures: Narrative and the "Fusion of Horizons"

Meadows, Keith (2021) Interpreting Patient-Reported Outcome Measures: Narrative and the "Fusion of Horizons". Philosophy of Medicine, 2 (2). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2692-3963

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Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) are valued in healthcare evaluation for bringing patient perspectives forward, and enabling patient-centered care. The range of evidence permitted by PROMs to measure patients’ quality of life narrowly denies subjective experience. This neglect is rooted in the epistemic assumptions that ground PROMs, and the tension between the standardization (the task of measurement) and the individual and unique circumstances of patients. To counter the resulting methodological shortcomings, this article proposes a hermeutical approach and interpretive phenomenology instead of generic qualitative research methods.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Keywords: patient-reported outcome measures mixed methods research hermeneutics patient experience
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
Depositing User: Professor Alex Broadbent
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2022 13:18
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2022 13:18
Item ID: 21190
Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy of Medicine
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
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DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/pom.2021.66
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine
Date: 19 November 2021
Page Range: pp. 1-14
Volume: 2
Number: 2
ISSN: 2692-3963

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