Patient Reported Outcomes in Psychosomatic Medicine

The 2017 Global Burden of Disease Study shows that depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia are among the 20 leading causes of years lived with disability worldwide. They are representative of the high burden of disease caused by mental disorders.1 To adequately diagnose and treat mental disorders, information from the patient’s perspective is essential.

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High-quality, standardized PROMs benefit the patient

In psychiatry and psychosomatics, Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) have long been used to measure diagnostically, therapeutically and prognostically relevant constructs. Questionnaire development today increasingly leans towards modern item response theory, on the basis of which, for example, the Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) was developed as a generic state-of-the-art measurement system.2,3,4

There are also efforts to standardize the use of PROMs to make results more comparable and to promote their communication. In addition to PROMIS, there are standard outcome sets from the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM), for example, for depression and anxiety disorders.5

We support the sustainable developments of PROMIS and ICHOM and with heartbeat ONE offer clinicians the ideal system for digital and standardized measurement of target constructs in the clinical routine.

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heartbeat PRO Sets in Psychosomatic medicine

To ensure the highest standard of data collection, we offer condition-specific outcome-sets and can support you with the implementation of scientifically validated and time-tested instruments to collect Patient Reported Outcomes:

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Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)

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heartbeat PRO Sets
(Patient- & Clinician-reported)

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Outcome Measures 

Disease-specific instruments
Generic instruments


  1. James S, Abate D, Abate K et al. Global, regional, and national incidence, prevalence, and years lived with disability for 354 diseases and injuries for 195 countries and territories, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. The Lancet 2018;392(10159):1789-1858.
  2. Cella D, Riley W, Stone A et al. The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) developed and tested its first wave of adult self-reported health outcome item banks: 2005–2008. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2010;63(11):1179-1194.
  3. Cella D, Yount S, Rothrock N et al. The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS): progress of an NIH Roadmap cooperative group during its first two years. Medical Care 2007;45(Suppl 1):S3-S11.
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  5. Obbarius A, van Maasakkers L, Baer L et al. Standardization of health outcomes assessment for depression and anxiety: recommendations from the ICHOM Depression and Anxiety Working Group. Quality of Life Research 2017;26(12):3211-3225.