Current status of patient-reported outcome measures in vascular surgery

Caitlin W. Hicks, Ashley K. Vavra, Earl Goldsborough, Michelle Rebuffatti, Jose Almeida, Yazan M. Duwayri, Mounir Haurani, Charles B. Ross, Samir K. Shah, Paula K. Shireman, Christopher J. Smolock, Jeniann Yi, Karen Woo

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A previously published review focused on generic and disease-specific patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) relevant to vascular surgery but limited to arterial conditions. The objective of this project was to identify all available PROMs relevant to diseases treated by vascular surgeons and to evaluate vascular surgeon perceptions, barriers to widespread implementation, and concerns regarding PROMs. We provide an overview of what a PROM is and how they are developed, and summarize currently available PROMs specific to vascular surgeons. We also report results from a survey of 78 Society for Vascular Surgery members serving on committees within the Policy and Advocacy Council addressing the barriers and facilitators to using PROMs in clinical practice. Finally, we report the qualitative results of two focus groups conducted to assess granular perceptions of PROMS and preparedness of vascular surgeons for widespread implementation of PROMs. These focus groups identified a lack of awareness of existing PROMs, knowledge of how PROMs are developed and validated, and clarity around how PROMs should be used by the clinician as main subthemes for barriers to PROM implementation in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1693-1706.e1
JournalJournal of vascular surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • Patient-reported outcome measures
  • Patient-reported outcomes
  • Vascular surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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