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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 …
Contributors JCD was principal investigator, was responsible for study concept, writing of manuscript, and critical review of the manuscript. SB was responsible for study concept and critical review of the manuscript.
Funding JCD is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Award and the Canadian Institute for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Award.
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.