Patient-reported outcomes of cancer survivors in England 1–5 years after diagnosis: a cross-sectional survey

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Glaser et al (2013) aimed to determine the feasibility of collecting population-based patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in assessing quality of life (QoL) to inform the development of a national PROMs programme for cancer and to begin to describe outcomes in a UK cohort of survivors.


This large-scale study included 4992 survivors of breast, colorectal, prostate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), 1–5 years from diagnosis. The authors concluded that this method of assessing QoL of cancer survivors is feasible and acceptable to most survivors. Routine collection of national population-based PROMs can enable the identification of, and the support for, the specific needs of survivors while allowing for comparison of outcome by service provider.