Patient Reported Outcomes are Focus of Groundbreaking AJG Issue – “Putting Patients First”

Patients are the focus of the entire January issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology (AJG), the flagship journal of The American College of Gastroenterology. This groundbreaking issue. “Putting Patients First,” is dedicated to patient-reported outcomes (PROs).

Published research is often “tangential” to patient experience or of “distant” impact on daily medical care, AJG Co-Editors-in-Chief Brennan M.R. Spiegel, MD, MSHS, FACG, of Cedars-Sinai Health System, and Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, FACG, of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville write in an introductory column. With this in mind, the January issue features studies that are powered by PROs and “emphasize the patient’s experience of their disease.”

“These studies have in common a focus on the patient experience and a recognition that clinical success is measured by patients, first and foremost,” the Co-Editors state.

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In 2017, Dr. Lacy and Dr. Spiegel released a request for manuscripts seeking studies which use a patient-reported outcome as the primary metric of treatment success.

“We want to know what improves the patient experience, how to reduce the burden of symptoms, or how to improve health-related quality of life, no matter the intervention,” the Co-Editors asked.  They pared down submissions to a selection of 14 original research articles for the Putting Patients First issue.

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The following are some of the highlighted studies across this impactful issue:

As these highlighted studies demonstrate, the focus of this issue is singular—to put patients first.

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