The Patient-Reported Objective Measurement Information System (PROMIS) holds great potential for supporting the clinical scientist. That potential includes: better surveys, better outcome measures, easier obtained outcome measures, better comparators, easier collaboration, and greater support for the clinician who wishes to engage in research in his/her clinical setting.
In the past, conducting research from within a clinical practice has been fraught with many challenges. Unless the clinician was located close to an educational institution, little support has been available. If patients were to be surveyed, which survey should be used? Which of the available surveys (patient reported measures) has been validated for the population of interest to the clinician? If the clinician was to make up his/her own survey, which rating scales should be used and how was the survey to be validated? Was the survey reliable? Were the survey outcomes valuable? If the survey was delivered by paper, how were the data to be entered electronically, and who would help analyze the data? How did the clinician’s sample compare to a normal population, or to a sample of similar health challenges? If a single clinician’s office held insufficient sample size for clinical research, how could collaboration with other offices be coordinated? Once the research was completed, who else could benefit from access to the data? How could the data be shared? There were many barriers to the clinician who wished to contribute to the scientific evidence within his/her field.
Source: Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 55(1), 16-19.
Author: Lawson, D. M. (2011).http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3044801/