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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 321-333

The assessment of patient clinical outcome: A literature discussion


Faculty of Information Technology, Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Amman, Jordan

Correspondence Address:
Qusai Y Shambour
Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Amman
Jordan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.208728

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A patient's safety in clinical field is critical, important and complex. The patients are still suffering from preventable harms from diagnostic errors, procedure mistakes, teamwork failures, and the failure to deliver recommended therapies. Patient outcome is the status upon a patient's adherence to treatment. An assessment of patient's clinical outcome is one of the important aspects of patient safety, and requires the assessment of the benefits, harms and risks of therapeutic options and comparing between them. Very few methods are developed for the clinical field and there is still a need for more accurate methods for such assessment. To achieve the above objective, we have performed an integrative review of the literature using different online databases and search engines including PubMed, Scopus, Google, and Google Scholar to explore current issues regarding the assessment of patient clinical outcome. This paper presents:
  1. an overview of the existing assessment methods for patient clinical outcome and their conceptual limitations; and
  2. a discussion of the primitiveness of the current assessment methods.
Based on the literature research in this paper, researchers, clinicians and health care professionals working in the field of assessment of patient clinical outcome, will be able to
  1. understand all the critical issues in this area, and
  2. design and develop novel general methods for the assessment of patient clinical outcome that avoid the conceptual limitations of existing methods.


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