is an 'outcome measure' - a tool for measuring what patients want to 'come out of the treatment'.
It was developed by Dr Charlotte Paterson in the 1990s to help evaluate a new complementary medicine service she was introducing in her GP practice and has been used by hundreds of different therapists and researchers.
MYMOP (Measure Your Medical Outcome Profile) is a short one page questionnaire. There are two types: one for the very first time you see your patient, the Initial Form, and one for any follow ups you have, the Follow up Form.
The initial MYMOP questionnaire is completed during the first consultation. The patient chooses one or two symptoms that they are seeking help with, and that they consider to be the most important.
These choices are written down in the patient’s own words and the patient scores them for severity over the past week on a seven-point scale:
0=as good as it can be
6=as bad as it can be
Wellbeing is scored on a similar scale.
Completing the MYMOP form will only take one minute of your time, as demonstrated on the One Minute MYMOP.
On follow-up questionnaires the wording of the previously chosen items is unchanged. Follow-up questionnaires may be administered by post if required.
If you want to find out more about MYMOP, Dr Charlotte Paterson (University of Bristol) has a website all about it: