Assessing PROMIS and other simple patient-reported measures for cancer research

  • Sloan, Jeff Sloan (PI)
  • Sloan, Jeff A (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): How can the patient's perspective of well-being be incorporated scientifically into cancer research? Little information detailing the relative merits of PRO measures exists, leaving clinical researchers guessing which measures to choose and when best to deploy them. The overall goal of this R01 investigation is to demonstrate that recently-developed, simple, brief assessments of patient-reported well-being and symptom distress are psychometrically compatible and practical prognostic biomarkers for cancer clinical research. Specifically, we will compare the NIH-funded Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) short forms with the PRO-based version of the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) or PRO-CTCAE, and simple, single-item symptom linear analogue self-assessment (LASA) measures. We will implement a multi-site master protocol that will accrue 1800 cancer patients over four years from the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the Memorial-Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. PRO data will be collected at three observation points per patient, roughly one month apart to test psychometric and prognostic properties at baseline and longitudinally. Patients will be followed for overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), and progression-free survival (PFS) with an average followup per patient of two years. We will test the effect of data collection mode (paper versus electronic). This research will provide a complete psychometric profile of the PROMIS measures relative to the new PRO-CTCAE measures and simple single-item numerical analogues in cancer patients and assess whether they could serve as practical prognostic biomarkers for cancer clinical research. Although the focus of this proposal is on cancer, this investigation is relevant to other conditions as well. Three specific aims will be pursued: Specific Aim 1: Compare psychometric properties of PROMIS, PRO-CTCAE, and other simple, patient- reported measures to produce standardised PROs for patient well-being and safety in cancer clinical research. Extensive psychometric testing will be carried out to evaluate the validity, responsiveness, redundancy, and compatibility between the PROMIS and PRO-CTCAE efforts relative to simple, single item assessments. Specific Aim 2: Test the PROMIS and other simple, patient-reported outcome measures for prognostic capability for overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), and progression-free survival (PFS). The purpose of this aim is to estimate the independent prognostic ability of the PROMIS, PRO-CTCAE, and LASA measures for OS, DFS, and PFS across multiple disease sites and stages. Specific Aim 3: Develop and test new strategies for collecting PROMIS and other simple, patient- reported outcome measures in clinical settings. The purpose of this aim is to evaluate the relative merits of various data collection modes for the aforementioned PRO measures in a clinic setting. We will test patient receptivity and measurement error paper-based, computer-based, and interactive voice response (IVR) versions of the PRO measures.
Effective start/end date8/1/1111/30/17


  • National Cancer Institute: $694,332.00
  • National Cancer Institute: $651,190.00
  • National Cancer Institute: $629,172.00
  • National Cancer Institute: $635,775.00


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