Qualitative analysis of patients’ feedback from a PROMs survey of cancer patients in England

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A study by Coner et al (2013) examined how free-text feedback from cancer survivors could complement formal patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), as part of the England PROMs survey programme for cancer.



This study involved 3300 participants and concluded that analysis of free-text comments complements quantitative analysis of PROMs by illuminating relationships between factors that impact on quality of life (QoL) and indicate why cancer patients may experience significantly worse QoL than the general population. The data suggest more systematic preparation and aftercare for individuals to self-manage post-treatment problems might improve QoL outcomes among cancer survivors.