Presenting patient-reported outcomes data to patients and clinicians to improve interpretability

Snyder, C.F. et al. Cancer. Published online: 13 January 2017


Background: Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) (eg, symptoms, functioning) can inform patient management. However, patients and clinicians often have difficulty interpreting score meaning. The authors tested approaches for presenting PRO data to improve interpretability.

Conclusions: The current results support presenting PRO data with higher = better directionality and threshold lines indicating normal versus concerning scores.

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Urine test could lead to better treatment of bladder cancer

Researchers at the University of Birmingham believe that a simple urine test could help to guide clinicians in the treatment of bladder cancer patients. Being able to reliably identify those patients with the most aggressive cancers early via urine tests, and expediting aggressive therapeutic strategies, may significantly improve outcomes. The scientists believe that the validation of two urinary biomarkers could spell a new way of tailoring treatment. Patient management has changed little over the last three decades, so it is hoped that this research, published in British Journal of Cancer, will prove to be a step forward for the field with a view to providing improved care for each patient.

Link to the research: Bryan, R.T et al. Protein shedding in urothelial bladder cancer: prognostic implications of soluble urinary EGFR and EpCAM.  British Journal of Cancer Advance online Feb 2015

New health care delivery model for prostate cancer care results in better patient outcomes

A comprehensive, population-based regional health care management program for men with prostate cancer has led to improved outcomes, according to a study. “While prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among men, providing high quality care for men living with prostate cancer presents a challenge,” said the study’s lead author. “Increased survival rates have made prostate cancer similar to other chronic conditions, which means we need ongoing management strategies that span the natural history and clinical course of the disease.”

Link to the research: Loo, R.K. et al The Continuum of Prostate Cancer Care: An Integrated Population Based Model of Health Care Delivery. Urology Practice, 2015; 2 (2)