The aim of this unit is to enable students to appraise patient-reported outcome measures (PROM) and incorporate them into clinical research. PROMs include: symptoms, side-effects, health-related quality of life, satisfaction and preferences. Topics include: definitions, structure and functions of PROMs; item-generation and selection; questionnaire design; assessing validity, reliability and responsiveness to clinically important change; utilities and preferences; developing and appraising studies using PROMs. The online sessions comprise six lectures outlining the principles, with illustrative examples (approx 60 minutes per lecture), plus a series of 5 related quizzes (approx 30 minutes). The written assignment (3300 word limit) is an appraisal of the application of an existing PROM as an outcome in a clinical study.
online learning, expected student effort: 6-8 hours per week including 1.5 hour online lecture, readings and quizzes each week for six weeks
completion of online quizzes (25%), 1x3300 word assignment (75%)
Streiner DL, Norman GR. Health Measurement Scales: a practical guide to their development and use. Oxford University Press. 3rd, 4th or 5th Editions all suitable.