Measuring Outcomes in Oncology Treatment: The Importance of Patient-Centered Outcomes

Aundrea Oliver, Caprice C. Greenberg

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An important component of quality healthcare is that it be patient-centered with a focus on the patient, including his or her preferences, values, and beliefs. The goal of this article is to provide a broad overview of patient-centered outcomes in oncologic research. It starts with an introduction to the different types of patient-centered measures including patient satisfaction, decision regret, patient preference, and health-related quality of life. It then offers an overview of survey instrument design and selection. Finally, it provides examples of existing approaches to measurement and previously validated instruments for each type of patient-centered outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-25
Number of pages9
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Decision regret
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Patient preference
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Patient-centered outcomes
  • Survey instrument design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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