This article presents the emergent approach of personalized assessment in mental health
care, which combines standardized patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) with individualized
measures (I-PROMs). Each patient has a unique clinical condition, with a set of problems
and presentations specific to his or her person and circumstances. I-PROMs inform clinicians
about idiosyncratic problems that cannot be captured in pre-set standardized PROMs, thus tailoring
assessment to the person, and accomplishing the requirements of patient-centred outcomes assessment.
Implications for managed care systems are discussed.
Keywords: I-PROMs, PROMs, personalized assessment, individualized, quality, managed care, mental health.
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