Data collection strategies for patient-reported information

Qual Manag Health Care. Summer 1994;2(4):28-35.


The U.S. health care transition demands increased accountability for medical care. This has contributed to increased interest in documenting medical outcomes, including improvements in health-related quality of life and treatment satisfaction. These data can only be obtained by asking patients directly about their current health state, perception of well-being, and satisfaction with care. Systematic collection of patient-reported data is often poorly done because its demands are underestimated and inadequately supported. Rigorous quality assurance is critical in any clinical trial or treatment delivery evaluation program.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Data Collection / methods*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / standards
  • Quality of Life
  • Self Disclosure*
  • United States