Patient-Centered Outcomes

Patient-Centered Outcomes

Chair: Kevin Weinfurt, Emily O’Brien

NIH Representatives: Susan Czajkowski, William Riley

Members: Emine Bayman, Arne Beck, M. Fernanda Bellolio, Andrea Cheville, Leslie Crofford, Carol Greco, Erik Hess, Tamara Isakova, Chris Knoepke, Margaret Kuklinski, Amy Loree, William Maixner, Bret Moran, Tuhina Neogi, Pamela Peterson, Karen Sherman, Stacy Sterling, Jon Tilburt, James Tulsky, Doug Zatzick

Project Manager: MariJo Mencini


Products and Publications | Presentations

Patient-reported outcome (PRO) data are defined by the FDA as “any report of the status of a patient’s health condition that comes directly from the patient, without interpretation of the patient’s response by a clinician or anyone else.” These data are increasingly used to inform and guide patient-centered care, clinical decision-making, and health policy decisions and are an important component of many of the Collaboratory’s Demonstration Projects.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Core works closely with the Collaboratory to create guidelines and define best practices with respect to

  • Selecting, compiling, and curating the most appropriate PRO measures (and stimulating the development of new instruments when new solutions are needed)

  • Creating efficient, high-quality PRO data collection systems compatible with electronic health records and registries

  • Conducting statistical analyses of PRO endpoints

As part of this work, the Core conducts interviews with clinicians and other investigators using PROs, including Demonstration Project principle investigators, to determine how PROs are currently used in the field, brainstorm solutions to challenges, and monitor progress with PRO implementation and data collection.

The Core has written a PROs Living Textbook chapter, a white paper Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures, and a chapter on including PROs in registries as a part of the AHRQ handbook on registries. It also helped lead the development of an Effectiveness Guidance Document (EGD) for incorporating PROs into comparative effectiveness research in adult oncology and held a workshop to help clinicians implement the NIH Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS). Upcoming publications include a Practical Guide to Initiating and Implementing Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures.


Kevin Weinfurt, PhD, of Duke University, and Kathryn Flynn, PhD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, discuss patient-reported health measures as endpoints in pragmatic clinical trials.


12/12/2017: Reflections on the First 5 Years of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Core

6/2/2015: Dr. Kevin Weinfurt Discusses the Patient-Reported Outcomes Core

9/24/2014: Dr. Kevin Weinfurt Discusses the Patient-Reported Outcomes Core


10/13/2017: Grand Rounds Presentation: Users' Guide for Integrating Patient-Reported Outcomes in Electronic Health Records (Video; Slides)

4/22/2016: Grand Rounds Presentation: Challenges and Opportunities for Using Common PRO Measures in Comparative Effectiveness Research (Video; Slides)

4/10/2015: Grand Rounds Presentation: How Do We Make Patient-Reported Health Measures Available as Endpoints in Pragmatic Clinical Trials? (Video; Slides)

8/19/2014: Patient-Reported Outcomes Core Presentation at Steering Committee Meeting

2/25/2014: Patient-Reported Outcomes Core Presentation at Steering Committee Meeting

1/10/2014: Grand Rounds Presentation: Incorporating Research Driven Changes into Health Care Systems' IT Operati​ons: A Multi Perspective Panel Discussion (Video; Slides)

8/23/2013: Grand Rounds Presentation: What Have We Learned About Integrating PROs with EMRs for Learning Systems? (Video; Slides)

5/17/2013: Grand Rounds Presentation: Patient-Reported Outcomes Core Update (Video; Slides)

Back to top


Core Working Groups: Patient-Centered Outcomes. In: Rethinking Clinical Trials: A Living Textbook of Pragmatic Clinical Trials. Bethesda, MD: NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory. Available at: Updated January 29, 2020.