FIPO Quality Statements
The measurement of "quality" in clinical medicine and surgery is very difficult. Some measures can easily be monitored such as mortality rates after cardiac surgery. Others are more difficult as it may take years to reach accurate conclusions. PROMS (Patient Reported Outcome Measures) are valuable but are not specific for the procedure. However, there are outcomes which may be used and these often revolve around large clinical databases. Some of these are accessible to the general public and wherever possible FIPO will produce summaries which may be of value to patients when they seek treatment.