Outcomes are the results people care about most when seeking treatment, including functional improvement and the ability to live ‘normal’, productive lives.
Source: Dias AG, Roberts CJ, Lippa J, Arora J, Lundstrom M, Rolfson O, Tonn ST (2017) Benchmarking outcomes that matter most to patients: the GLOBE programme. EMJ 2017; 2: 42-49.
Example of the term in use:
Focusing on outcomes that matter to patients should improve decision making and patient engagement. It should also stop us spending money on treatments that deliver minimal or no benefit.
Godlee F. Outcomes that matter to patients. BMJ 2012;344:e318. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e318 (Published 11 January 2012)