PROMS Summer School: Session 2 – Developing a PRO measure

In this session, Dr. Pusic will focus on the important of qualitative research methods to establish content validity for new PROMs. We will review the best practices for the development of a PROM. Dr. Michael Wu will talk about LARYNX-Q, a new PROM for assessing health-related quality of life of patients with total laryngectomy and Dr. Manraj Kaur will share the development of the GENDER-Q, a PROM for use in gender-affirming healthcare.

Dr. Pusic is the Director of the PROVE Center, the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. She is a leader in the field of patient-reported outcomes with over 300 publications on this topic. Her research involves developing and implementing tools to access outcomes from the patient perspective.

Dr. Wu is a 4th year resident in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard. He graduated from Harvard College with a degree in molecular and cellular biology and obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. His main interests are functional outcomes and quality of life in patients with head and neck cancer.

Dr. Kaur is a health economics and outcomes researcher with extensive experience in the measurement of patient-reported outcomes in clinical research and practice and in conducting micro-costing and cost-effectiveness studies.