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What are patient-reported outcomes and why they are important: improving studies of preschool wheeze
  1. Heidi Makrinioti1,
  2. Andrew Bush2,3,
  3. Chris Griffiths4
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 Department of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
  3. 3 Division of Medicine, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
  4. 4 Centre for Paediatrics, Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Heidi Makrinioti, Paediatrics, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London W12 0HS, UK; heidimakrinioti{at}


There are no outcomes-based commissioning structures in child health. This needs to change. Preschool wheeze is a very common condition. Many families present at emergency departments with their wheezy children and stay briefly. This highlights that this group of children may be lacking a more personalised approach. There are no user-friendly patient-reported outcome measures in preschool wheeze. This needs to change. Research in this area is therefore highly anticipated.

  • preschool wheeze
  • patient reported outcome measure

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  • Contributors HM wrote the manuscript and AB and CG reviewed it.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.