The first steps in the development of a cancer-specific patient-reported experience measure item bank (PREM-item bank): towards dynamic evaluation of experiences

Kira S. van Hof*, Karolijn Dulfer, Aniel Sewnaik, Robert J. Baatenburg de Jong, Marinella P.J. Offerman

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Abstract

Objective: Since the implementation of value-based healthcare, there has been a growing emphasis on utilizing patient-reported experience measures (PREMs) to enhance the quality of care. However, the current PREMs are primarily generic and static, whereas healthcare is constantly evolving and encompasses a wide variety of aspects that impact care quality. To continuously improve care requires a dynamic PREM. The aim of this study was to propose an item bank for the establishment of a dynamic and care-specific patient-reported evaluation. Methods: In co-creation with patients, a mixed methods study was conducted involving: (1) an explorative review of the literature, (2) a focus group analysis with (ex-)patients, (3) qualitative analyses to formulate themes, and (4) a quantitative selection of items by patients and experts through prioritization. Results: Eight existing PREMs were evaluated. After removing duplicates, 141 items were identified. Through qualitative analyses of the focus group in which the patient journey was discussed, eight themes were formulated: “Organization of healthcare,” “Competence of healthcare professionals,” “Communication,” “Information & services,” “Patient empowerment,” “Continuity & informal care,” “Environment,” and “Technology.” Seven patients and eleven professionals were asked to prioritize what they considered the most important items. From this, an item bank with 76 items was proposed. Conclusion: In collaboration with patients and healthcare professionals, we have proposed a PREM-item bank to evaluate the experiences of patients’ receiving cancer care in an outpatient clinic. This item bank is the first step to dynamically assess the quality of cancer care provided in an outpatient setting.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2024

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