Measuring quality of life
One way your doctor can record your health-related quality of life is with a health scale called a patient-reported outcome measure (PROM). This is a series of questions about your experience with HIV and how it affects your health.
The benefits of using PROMs are that they focus on what matters to you and give your doctor a better understanding of your health, which allows them to make better decisions with you about your care. PROMs are also a useful tool for enhancing communication between you and your doctor, and can be repeated to record health outcomes over time.
There are a range of PROMs used in Australia. One PROM designed specifically for use in HIV is the PozQoL Scale.3 This is a short, easy-to-use scale that includes 13 questions about your experience across areas of psychological, social, health concerns and functional wellbeing. You can talk to your doctor about using PROMs like PozQoL to better understand your health-related quality of life and take an active role in shaping your HIV care.