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Proactive use of PROMs in ovarian cancer survivors: a systematic review

  • Kargo, Anette Stolberg1, 2, 3
  • Coulter, Angela2, 3
  • Jensen, Pernille Tine4, 5
  • Steffensen, Karina Dahl1, 2, 3
  • 1 Department of Clinical Oncology, Sygehus Lillebalt, Vejle Sygehus, Beriderbakken 4, Vejle, DK-7100, Denmark , Vejle (Denmark)
  • 2 University of Southern Denmark, Institute of Regional Health Research, Winsløwparken 19, 3, Odense, 5000, Denmark , Odense (Denmark)
  • 3 Center for Shared Decision Making, Sygehus Lillebalt, Vejle Sygehus, Beriderbakken 4, Vejle, 7100, Denmark , Vejle (Denmark)
  • 4 Odense University Hospital, Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, J. B. Winsløws Vej 4, Odense, 5000, Denmark , Odense (Denmark)
  • 5 University of Southern Denmark, Department of Clinical Research, Winsløwparken 19, 3, Odense, 5000, Denmark , Odense (Denmark)
Published Article
Journal of Ovarian Research
BioMed Central
Publication Date
Jul 15, 2019
DOI: 10.1186/s13048-019-0538-9
Springer Nature


IntroductionThe use of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) has increased during the past decade, and the focus on how to use them has resulted in a more proactive application. Studies have shown that proactive use of PROMs during treatment improves patient-clinician communication, leads to better symptom management and may prolong survival among advanced cancer patients. Ovarian cancer is a serious disease in which the majority of patients experience recurrence during the follow-up period and suffer from a number of severe symptoms from underlying disease. This systematic review was conducted to assess the evidence on the proactive use of PROMs as a dialogue tool during follow-up of ovarian cancer patients.ResultsThe following databases were searched for relevant literature; PubMed, EMBASE, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library. The search was conducted in April 2019 without any filters or limits. A total of 643 publications were identified, and 48 studies were found to be potentially eligible. Of the 48 papers, none met the final inclusion criterion of using PROMs proactively as a dialogue tool for ovarian cancer patients during follow-up.ConclusionStudies have shown that PROMs can identify otherwise undetected symptoms. Using PROMs proactively during the consultation has been shown to improve symptom management for patients with some other types of cancer. However, we found no studies that had examined the proactive use of PROMs during follow-up of ovarian cancer patients. Future studies should evaluate if the proactive use of PROMs could facilitate a more individualized and more effective follow-up program tailored to the ovarian cancer patient’s needs and preferences.

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