Physician and patient-oriented outcomes in progressive neurological disease: which to measure?

Curr Opin Neurol. 1996 Dec;9(6):441-4. doi: 10.1097/00019052-199612000-00008.


Outcomes can be described as either physician or patient-oriented depending on whose perspective is adopted. Both perspectives offer different yet complementary information. Traditionally, the effectiveness of interventions has been evaluated in terms of physician-oriented outcomes. recently there has been a growing recognition of the importance of the patient's point of view in assessing the outcomes of medical care. This is now held to be central to the monitoring and evaluation of health care. This review describes these two perspectives and compares the nature of the information provided by each.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / classification
  • Central Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis
  • Central Nervous System Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Disability Evaluation*
  • Humans
  • Neurologic Examination*
  • Quality of Life*
  • Treatment Outcome