From the item to the outcome: the promising prospects of PROMIS

Arthritis Res Ther. 2010;12(1):104. doi: 10.1186/ar2910. Epub 2010 Feb 1.


Evaluation of patient reported outcomes, and in particular physical function, have gained increasing importance in research and therapy of patients with rheumatic diseases. Most instruments that are used for that purpose are rigid and suffer from floor and ceiling effects when used in patients whose physical function differs from the average. A new approach to the assessment of physical function uses computerised adaptive testing, by which precision and reliability of the measurement can be achieved for most patients, while even requiring less time for the assessment. Well calibrated and tested item and large item data banks are a prerequisite for this purpose, a process that is summarised in the present report by Bruce and colleagues.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Factual*
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Humans
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care / methods*
  • Recovery of Function*
  • Rheumatic Diseases*