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Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) have arrived in sports and exercise medicine: why do they matter?
  1. Jennifer C Davis1,
  2. Stirling Bryan2
  1. 1Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  2. 2University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jennifer C Davis, Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, University of British Columbia, 828 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V5Z 1M9; jennifer.davis{at}

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Clinicians’ first exposure to clinical testing are clinician-applied standard tests. Physiotherapists assess joint range of motion, physicians measure blood pressure or take blood for laboratory testing. These provide essential information and do not require the patient to contribute their perspective.

In addition to clinical features that lend themselves to be measured in such a manner, many factors that characterise a patient's health status cannot be observed, measured with a device, or analysed with even the most sophisticated imaging methods. How a patient feels and performs remains largely impenetrable to devices. Instruments that reflect the patient's perspective about their health status have the collective title of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs).1 The appetite for routine use of PROMs reflects the idea that a properly queried patient represents a critical complement of information about health.

PROMs commonly used in sports medicine include the Western Ontario Shoulder Instability Index (WOSI)2 for shoulder instability, the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS)3 for knee complaints, and the Victorian Institute of Sport Assessment …

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