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Pilot and feasibility testing of patient-reported outcome measures

Guest Editor: Dr Georgina L Jones

Pilot and Feasibility Studies invites you to submit to our new thematic series, ‘Pilot and feasibility testing of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs)’. The deadline for submissions to this thematic series is 30 November 2017. Manuscripts submitted after this date will still be considered in the main body of the journal.

This series encourages the submission of articles that report on the pilot and feasibility testing of PROMs. PROMs provide a means of measuring the impact of illness, and its associated treatments, or other types of intervention, from the patient’s or caregiver’s perspective.

Typically, the development of PROMs involves several stages where pilot and feasibility testing plays an important methodological role, including item generation (e.g. focus groups, patient interviewing, face validity, cognitive interviewing), identifying the domain structure (e.g. carrying out pilot surveys), establishing the psychometric properties of the instrument (e.g. feasibility studies as part of demonstrating aspects of reliability and validity), and evaluating the feasibility of implementing the instrument into current practice.

The Editors will consider articles that describe any pilot and testing phases during the development, evaluation and implementation of PROMs across any of these stages. Other articles in scope for consideration include those that report on the use of well established or newly developed PROMs in any pilot and feasibility studies. For example, this may relate to the feasibility testing of administering an e-version of the PROM compared to its paper version or piloting the PROM as part of a feasibility study to inform the design of a randomized control trial.

Manuscripts should be formatted according to our submission guidelines and submitted via the online submission system. In the submission system please make sure the correct collection title is chosen from the additional information tab. Please also indicate clearly in the covering letter that the manuscript is to be considered for the ‘Pilot and feasibility testing of PROMs’ series. For further information, please email

  1. Research

    A mixed methods study to evaluate the feasibility of using the Adolescent Diabetes Needs Assessment Tool App in paediatric diabetes care in preparation for a longitudinal cohort study

    An evaluation study was carried out to determine the feasibility of integrating the Adolescent Diabetes Needs Assessment Tool (ADNAT) App into UK paediatric diabetes care, to ascertain best practice standards ...

    Helen Cooper, Gillian A. Lancaster, Phillip Gichuru and Matthew Peak

    Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2017 4:13

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  2. Research

    Assessment of the face validity, feasibility and utility of a patient-completed questionnaire for polymyalgia rheumatica: a postal survey using the QQ-10 questionnaire

    The development of a patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) for polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), a condition that causes pain, stiffness and disability, is necessary as there is no current validated disease-spec...

    Helen Twohig, Georgina Jones, Sarah Mackie, Christian Mallen and Caroline Mitchell

    Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2017 4:7

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  3. Methodology

    Danish translation of a physical function item bank from the Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS)

    The Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) is an assessment system that aims to provide more valid, reliable, responsive, and precise patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures than has ...

    Christina W. Schnohr, Charlotte L. Rasmussen, Henning Langberg and Jakob B. Bjørner

    Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2017 3:29

    Published on: 31 May 2017