HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Friday, 12 July 2013

electronic Patient Reported Outcomes

ISPOR have recently published guidelines on the validation of ePRO systems.  They highlight and describe 8 essential components of the validation process.  These being:
  1. System requirements
  2. System design
  3. Coding/tailoring/software development
  4. Testing by system provider
  5. Traceability
  6. UAT
  7. Installation/configuration management
  8. Decommissioning plan
The guidelines do not, however, get into the tricky business of whether the e-version of PROMs get the same results as the paper version, how best to get patients to complete, respond, collect folow-up data etc., or whether there are any specific validation issues relating to ePROs.

HEDS are developing a programme of research that covers these topics.  Contact Professor John Brazier or Dr Georgina Jones for further details.