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Course information

Course: CANCELLED - Quality-of-Life and Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (QoL & PROMs)

NB. This course will be postponed, depending on the further developments of the Corona crisis, to June/July or after the summer period.


Objective: Students will learn to interpret, design and analyze health outcomes studies, learn the basics of PROMs, and critically review and use PROM data for clinical decision making and health care planning.

Learning outcomes: A broad insight on the various outcome measures that are used in health evaluation research, in particularly PROMs. Recognize the different types of PROMs measures used, including: clinical, health status, Qol, health-related QoL, and well-being. After completing the course the student will have gained theoretical knowledge with, and practical experience regarding PROM measurement methods (descriptive, preference-based, item response theory) and measurement properties.

Description: Attention will be paid to useful basic models for the conceptualization of QoL and health status, including Spilker’s model for QoL and Wilson & Cleary’s model of patient outcomes. Different approaches to the assessment of PROM will be discussed, including rating scales, descriptive questionnaires, and preference-based methods. Evaluate the usefulness of PROMs and the application of new PROM measurement methods in the field of health. Conceptually define the meaning and purpose of health outcomes research and its different areas. Understand the role of epidemiology, health economics, psychometrics, and biostatistics in conducting PROMs research. 

Background reading:
Krabbe PFM. The Measurement of Health and Health Status: Concepts, Methods and Applications from a Multidisciplinary Perspective. San Diego: Reed/Elsevier, Nov. 2016. [9780128015049]
NB. you have to purchase this book yourself before the course starts

Written exam

Calendar 2020
Schedule and locations


March 23–April 17, 2020


to be announced

EC (with exam)


Location address

See 'schedule and locations'

Course coordinator

  • Prof. Paul Krabbe



Target Groups

  • ReMa students
  • PhD students



Deadline for registration

March 15, 2020


Sorry, the registration period for this event is over.

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