Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Improving patient-centered outcome assessments in HLBS studies

What types of newer patient-centered quality of life assessment tools can be employed in heart, lung, blood and sleep studies so that they can be validated and refined to improve our measurement of quality of life outcomes in populations of interest to NHLBI?

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Improving our ability to precisely measure heart, lung, blood, and sleep patients' quality of life can enable evaluation of a treatment's impact on patient-centered outcomes such as overall quality of life and its components -- pain, symptoms, and a patients' social, psychological, and physical functioning.

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New tools have been developed, notably through the PROMIS common fund project, that allow potentially more precise, reliable, valid and sensitive measurement of Q of L outcomes, with less patient burden. These tools are available but require validation in HLBS populations to allow widespread adoption and routine use in NHLBI-supported clinical trials and population studies.

Advances in biomedical science mean we are living longer with chronic diseases, and the goal of treatment increasingly focuses on disease management, maximizing function, and improving quality of life, not just lengthening life. In addition, patient-centered approaches to health care encourage a view of patients as “whole persons” with emphasis on function and capturing the "patient's voice," not just mortality/morbidity outcomes. Functional and quality of life outcomes, e.g., assessment of pain, symptoms, emotional distress, physical & social functioning, are critically important outcomes to many HLBS patients, but their measurement requires self-reports of patient experiences and thus pose challenges to precise, valid and reliable assessment.


Assessment tools using computerized adaptive testing (CAT), such as those developed in the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) project, have been shown to be precise, valid, sensitive to change and easier to administer than traditional Q of L measures in a limited number of studies, but they require validation in HLBS patient populations before they can be used more widely in NHLBI-funded studies.

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