Introduction to Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) Training Workshop, University of York

Patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures are increasingly being used both in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as in the National Health Service (NHS) and the public sector to capture the impact of healthcare interventions from the patient perspective.

PROs have their distinct use in the private and public sector. For instance, in sponsored clinical trials PROs may be used to capture potential patient benefits of new medicinal products. On the other hand within the NHS, patient-reported outcomes and experiences are routinely recorded for a number of surgical procedures to measure the impact and quality of care received, health-related quality of life (HRQOL). However, despite these differences there is a considerable degree of overlap in the use of PROs in these sectors.

This one-day course will provide attendees with a background to PROs and their use in the pharmaceutical and public sector with an overview on differences, as well as synergies.

Further topics that will be covered are the instruments used to collect PRO data, including the development and validation of these instruments, the differences between disease and treatment specific PRO and generic instruments, electronic PROs, and an overview of the key areas of interaction between PROs, healthcare agencies, service provision and commissioning.

Course Details

This course will run again in 2018.
Courses also run on-demand for large groups
The training day will be led by Dr Adam Smith, Project Director at York Health Economics Consortium.
All courses are held at the University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD or Heslington East Campus, YO19 5LA.
This course ran March 2017 and will run again in 2018. For more details email or telephone +44 (0)1904 324084
Please see the frequently asked questions page for more general course information.

Patient-reported outcomes topics discussed:

      • Introduction to patient-reported outcomes;
      • PRO selection & development;
      • Patient-reported outcomes interpretation;
      • Implementation of PROs in clinical trials and healthcare settings & commissioning;
      • PROs and healthcare agencies: FDA, EMA and NICE.
View 2016 course agenda


By the end of the training day, participants will have:

        • An understanding of the basic concepts of patient-reported outcomes;
        • An awareness of what makes patient-reported outcomes instruments fit for purpose;
        • An understanding of the role of patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials and healthcare service provision & commissioning.

Who should attend?

The course would be of benefit to those working in the NHS and public sector, as well as the pharmaceutical industry with little or no experience of patient-reported outcomes needing to learn more about PROs.

YHEC Training Expertise

YHEC offers a range of training courses in health economics topics including economic modelling, evidence retrieval and information skills

Our regular training programme offers courses in York in well-equipped rooms and computer classrooms.  All of our courses have limited delegate places available to ensure that sessions permit discussion and interaction within the group. We can also offer these courses and bespoke courses at your own site.

Other Health Economics Training at York

YHEC courses are generally introductory. Five-day expert workshops, distance learning and MSc courses in health economics are offered by health economists at the Centre for Health Economics and the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York.

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