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Table 3 Survey questions about how PROMs could ideally be used in primary care (n = 100)

From: General practitioners’ views on use of patient reported outcome measures in primary care: a cross-sectional survey and qualitative study

QuestionMultiple choice answerNumber
Where do you think PROMs could provide the most benefit?aTo aid clinical management66
As a screening/diagnostic tool62
Facilitate shared-decision making60
Facilitate communication with patients43
To support personalised care planning and self-management39
For chronic disease monitoring34
To improve efficiency of consultation31
Monitor performance31
Facilitate communication across different healthcare sectors22
Facilitate communication between patients and family members/ carers17
For triage16
Research16
To monitor safety/ adverse events15
Reward performance7
None – I don’t think PROMs provide a benefit5
How would you prefer to access PROMs?aEmbedded within clinical templates65
Through clinical systems63
Online27
Paper16
Other1
NA – I don’t want to access PROMs4
When do you think patients would prefer to complete PROMs?During the consultation: face-to-face34
Prior to consultation: at home at the request of a healthcare professional25
Prior to consultation: in the waiting room20
Prior to consultation: at home, instigated by the patient11
During the consultation: telephone1
Other5
NA – I don’t think my patients will complete PROMs4
What would the best format be for patients to complete PROMs?Paper43
Online21
Interview: in person (doctor)16
Through an app8
Interview: in person (nurse)3
Interview: over the phone (doctor)1
Interview: over the phone (nurse)1
Other4
N/A – I don’t think my patients should complete PROMs3
Who do you think should ideally review the results of PROMs?Doctors78
Nurses7
Other (please specify)15
How frequently do you think PROMs should be used for chronic disease monitoring?Annually36
As prescribed27
Monthly13
Whenever the patient choses9
Prior to every consultation8
I don’t think there is a role for PROMs in chronic disease monitoring7
What format for recording results would you prefer for PROMs?Electronic (as part of the electronic health record)78
Paper11
Electronic (patient portal)10
Telephone1
Do you think development of PROM systems should be:Designed to meet clinician/patient needs (Bottom up approach)68
Try to meet both objectives29
Designed primarily for audit, benchmarking or commissioning (Top down approach)3
Which of your patients do you think would benefit the most from completing PROMs?bMental health patients20
All / most patients15
Patients with chronic conditions14
Unsure8
Patients interested in PROMs8
None/very few patients6
Patients who struggle to communicate/articulate symptoms6
Younger patients4
Educated/literate patients3
Cognitive impairment patients2
Other35
Is there anything that facilitates/supports the use of PROMs in primary care?bIntegrated clinical systems29
More Time12
Easy access12
Unsure9
Ease of use9
Training, knowledge, experience7
None21
Other22
  1. atick all that apply; b free text categorised into themes
  2. N/A Not Applicable, PROMs Patient Reported Outcome Measures