“Use of a PRO instrument is advised when measuring a concept best known by the patient or best measured from the patient perspective.”(3)
There are many disorders where patient perspective is important. As eminent researcher and clinician, John Rush, said regarding depression treatments, “If the patient can’t tell she’s better, we’re kidding ourselves about treatment efficacy.”
Based on over 50 years of evaluation and use, electronic PRO assessments (ePRO) have excellent provenance and demonstrated value in clinical care and research. MERET’s cC-SSRS continues and extends this tradition, eliminating the effects of human rater variability to assure perfect administration reliability that improves instrument accuracy. ePRO assessments also increase patient candor with sensitive subjects, both individuals and topics such as suicidal ideation and behaviors.
In clinical care, computer-administered ePRO assessments are clinician extenders, improving outcomes that would not occur without ePRO.