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17.9  Chapter information

Authors: Donald L Patrick, Gordon H Guyatt and Catherine Acquadro on behalf of the Cochrane Patient Reported Outcomes Methods Group.

This chapter should be cited as: Patrick D, Guyatt GH, Acquadro C. Chapter 17: Patient-reported outcomes. In: Higgins JPT, Green S (editors), Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0 (updated March 2011). The Cochrane Collaboration, 2011. Available from

Acknowledgements: Jason Busse, Peter Fayers, Toshi Furukawa, Madeleine King and Milo Puhan provided comments on drafts.