Author: Chih-Hung Chang

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Successful integration of modern psychometrics
and advanced informatics in patient-reported outcomes
(PRO) measurement and management can potentially
maximize the value of health outcomes research and
optimize the delivery of quality patient care. Unlike the
traditional labor-intensive paper-and-pencil data collection
method, item response theory-based computerized adaptive
testing methodologies coupled with novel technologies
provide an integrated environment to collect, analyze and
present ready-to-use PRO data for informed and shared
decision-making. This article describes the needs, challenges
and solutions for accurate, efficient and cost-effective
PRO data acquisition and dissemination means in
order to provide critical and timely PRO information necessary
to actively support and enhance routine patient care
in busy clinical settings.