Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) are outcome measures that are directly reported by the patient to help better understand a treatment’s efficacy. PROs have been used at many facilities to assist surgeons in evaluating their practices. The ABOS has begun using PROs to assist in the Certification and Recertification processes. Collecting PROs will also contribute to a surgeon’s continual practice improvement.
For the Part II Oral Examination, Candidates are required, for patients ages 12 and older, to enter each patient’s email address pre- (or peri-) operatively into the ABOS Scribe Case List System, unless the patient opts out. The ABOS will then contact the patient, via email, upon registration as well as at six and 12 months post-operatively. The email will link the patient to PROMIS Physical Function and Pain Interference surveys. Part II Candidates can get more detailed information on PROs and how they enter the information, by logging into their password protected portal and clicking on the Part II tab.