Importance of questionnaires

You might be wondering why you need to fill out so many questionnaires and if they really help you. In this article we will explain why these questionnaires are important.

Why all these questionnaires?

Your care team would like to know how you are doing and if you are satisfied with your treatment. This is measured with questionnaires. The names of the questionnaires vary, but they are usually called Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs). These are standardized medical questionnaires, also used for scientific research.

The questions are about your pain, your wellbeing and how satisfied you are with the treatment, at different points in time.

To be able to evaluate your progress, you will get the same questionnaires several times throughout your recovery.

Why is completing them important?

By filling in the questionnaires, you help your care team with:

  • Communicating clearly about your progress. The team can track your evolution over time, give you some feedback and adapt your goals according to your state.
  • Improving the treatment in the future. Care can always be improved. We value your opinion to help improve the quality of treatment for future patients.

Questions & answers

Experiencing difficulties while completing questionnaires can happen. What to do in the following situations?

Some questions are not applicable in my situationSome questions may not seem to apply to your current situation. As the questionnaires are standardized, we cannot change the questions to match your specific situation.

However, it is still important to answer them so that the overall result of the questionnaire can be interpreted by your care team. To do this, imagine yourself in the situation described and choose the answer that fits you best.
I wonder why I receive the same questionnaires that I have already completed You will receive the same questionnaires over a longer period of time. This is to monitor the evolution of your symptoms and activities. Your team wants to measure the progress of your well-being.

To compare your symptoms correctly, it is important that you receive the same questions both before surgery and at specific intervals, such as 3 months and 1 year after surgery.
I have difficulty remembering my past health status and I am worried about not answering correctly    Sometimes the questions ask about how you have been feeling over the past week, and it is not always easy to remember. It is important to understand that there are no wrong answers. So choose the answer that seems most appropriate.

The care team is more concerned with observing whether there is a general progression rather than focusing solely on a numerical value on a scale.   
I have difficulty filling out the questionnaire alone If you have problems understanding the questions or if you have a technical difficulties, please do not hesitate to ask for help at
Sometimes a family member or a friend can also provide support.
Updated on March 27, 2024

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