Patient-Reported Outcomes

Our experts are leaders in the development of patient-reported outcome measures. This research, conducted through Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Patient-Reported Outcomes and Surgical Experience program, or PROSE, seeks to enhance the quality of surgical care by taking a more patient-centric approach.

The tools our team has developed draw on objective measures of quality of life identified during in-depth patient interviews. The resulting online surveys allow us to better understand how patients feel about their surgical experience at set points throughout their treatment and equip surgeons to make more-informed healthcare decisions. Key research activities of the PROSE program include:

  • Improving the patient experience and quality of life
  • Obtaining quality metrics
  • Conducting comparative effectiveness research
  • Conducting cost analysis

Current Tools

At present, our surgeons are using patient-reported outcome tools for breast, colorectal, or head and neck cancers.  The BREAST-Q©, developed by PROSE head Andrea Pusic, seeks to capture the patient experience before, during, and after breast surgery. It is now used throughout the United States and internationally.

Additional tools in use at Memorial Sloan Kettering include the Face-Q, for head and neck cancer patients, and the Colorectal-Q, for rectal cancer patients. The Colorectal-Q focuses on the experience of patients who’ve had sphincter-preservation surgery for rectal cancer or other surgery that may affect bowel function.

Contact Us

Healthcare provides who would like to learn more about our patient-reported outcome tool can contact program coordinator Allison DiLaura at 646-888-3551 or