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; designing a study that includes a PROM; and appraising papers that report PROs. The online sessions comprise six lectures outlining the principles, with illustrative examples (approx. 45 - 60 minutes per lecture), plus a series of 5 related quizzes (approx. 30 minutes). The written assignment (2500 - 3000 word limit) is an appraisal of the application of an existing PROM(s) 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% total), 1 assignment (2500-3000 maximum words (75%)
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