Patient Reported Outcomes
Our purpose in publishing patient-reported outcomes is to share the potential benefits of AMBROSE Cell Therapy through the voices of our patients. From another angle, our patients want to share their stories in the hope that others can achieve similar improvements in health and well-being to theirs. Of course, all patients are unique, and so results will vary.
But what is a “patient-reported outcome”?
- A patient-reported outcome (PRO) is defined as “any report of the status of a patient’s health condition that comes directly from the patient, without interpretation of the patient’s response by a clinician or anyone else.”
- Simply put, the patient is sharing his or her results without evaluation by others.
In contrast, clinical trials, post-surgery imaging studies, functional tests, and the like are objective measures. Medical researchers refer to this type of data as “hard endpoints.”
While hard endpoints have an essential place in research, they often miss the mark of what matters to patients. People with life-threatening (including debilitating) conditions want to know things like, “When can I get back to activities I enjoy?; “What are a drug’s side-effects or the risks of surgery?; “How long will the expected benefits last?; “Has a provider treated patients like me, and what were the results?” The answers to such questions are subjective (from an individual’s point of view) and anecdotal.
In our experience, they want to make well-informed and rational decisions – as rightly they should. To further assist you in making an informed choice, please visit other pages on the AMBROSE Cell Therapy web site. The subject matter includes information on the science of stem cells, published clinical trials, and case studies. (The papers we cite in these overview articles are made available to those interested upon request.)
As you are reading these PROs, it is essential to keep in mind that multiple factors can influence the results of any healthcare option. Equally important is that stem cell therapy is not a known cure for any disease. On the positive side, there are many published stem cell studies on a broad spectrum of conditions, reporting improvements in hard endpoints as well as quality of life measures. Here is an article on Improving Cell Therapy Outcomes.