Patient-reported outcome measures are important standardized survey tools in medicine. In anesthesiology, patient-reported outcome measures are used perioperatively to collect information about patients’ health status, quality of life, and healthcare experiences. As health care evolves, patient-reported outcome measures have the ability to enhance patient engagement and shared decision making, which could improve the safety and efficacy of anesthesia.

Although there are many benefits of patient-reported outcome measures, low health literacy is a significant barrier to their effective use. The National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, Maryland) and other healthcare organizations recommend healthcare-related materials to be published at or below a sixth-grade reading level. Recent studies in other fields have calculated many specialty-specific patient-reported outcome measures to be above the recommended complexity. We examined patient-reported outcome measures commonly used in the perioperative setting in relation to health equity.

Eighteen patient-reported outcome measures were selected from those in a...

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