R-Outcomes’ family of short generic patient-reported measures cover outcomes (PROMs) and experience (PREMs). PROMs are about the subject of care; PREMs are about the service provided.
For each measure we show the type of measure (PROM or PREM), the length in words and reading age. Word-count includes the main prompt and question items but excludes the title and options. Reading age is calculated using the Flesch-Kincaid Grade, which is an option in Microsoft Word.
All measures share a common format, four response options and usually with four items. They are suitable for use on smart-phones, tablets, PCs and on paper. They are research-based and suitable for all types of patient, irrespective of their conditions or type of treatment. The results track changes, comparisons and trends. These validated measures are easily understood by people whose first language is not English.
Scoring is consistent. A high score is always better than a lower one. At the individual level, the options are scored 0, 1, 2 and 3 from worst to best. A summary score is calculated for the four items, giving scores from 0 to 12. At a group or cohort level, the mean score is calculated for items and summary scores using a scale from 0 (all scores at the floor) to 100 (all scored at the ceiling). As a simple rule of thumb, aggregate mean scores over 80 are high, 60 to 79 are moderate, 40 to 59 are low and 39 and below are very low.