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Health outcomes from four common surgical procedures: annual patient survey results published

13 August 2015: Patient views about the outcomes of four common surgical procedures are published today by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

*Regional information is available within this report

The fifth annual results from the Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) programme in England consider four different non-emergency inpatient procedures:

  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • Groin hernia
  • Varicose vein surgery

Covering April 2013 to March 2014, the report provides the results of two sets of questionnaires completed by patients undergoing non-emergency surgery; one before2 and the other three to six months following treatment3. The questionnaires reflect on how a patient feels before and after surgery to determine how effective the surgery has been from a patient point of view.

Following user feedback, this year's report is structured differently. It now includes a summary of the findings from each survey based on the surgical procedure patients have undergone, making it easier for users to find all the results that relate to a particular surgical procedure.

Today's report can be viewed at:


Notes to editors

  1. The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) was established on April 1 2013 as an Executive Non Departmental Public Body (ENDPB). It is England's trusted data source, delivering high quality information and IT systems to drive better patient services, care and outcomes. Its work includes publishing more than 260 statistical publications annually; providing a range of specialist data services; managing informatics projects and programmes and developing and assuring national systems against appropriate contractual, clinical safety and information standards.
  2. Before a patient undergoes one of the four PROMs procedures, the provider should offer the patient a pre-operative PROMs questionnaire to complete. This should be completed between the date that the patient is determined to be fit and well enough to undergo surgery and the date the surgery actually takes place. Completion of the PROMs questionnaire is voluntary for the patient and their consent to participate must be granted for the data to be processed and used.
  3. Post-operative questionnaires are sent out to patients three months (for groin hernia and varicose vein surgery) or six months (for hip and knee replacement surgery) after the procedure date recorded on their hospital record. For patients whose pre-operative questionnaire is not linked to a hospital record, the three- or six-month count is started 12 weeks after the scan date of the pre-operative questionnaire. The patient can then return the questionnaire at any time thereafter.
  4. For media enquires or interview requests please contact or telephone 0300 30 33 888. Please note the change to our media line number.
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