It is patient-centred and aims to measure the outcomes that the patient considers the most important
It is applicable to any problem, provided this can be defined by the patient in terms of symptoms. This makes it especially useful in settings where patients have a wide variety of problems.
It is brief, which increases its feasibility and acceptability, and leads to high response and completion rates. It also makes it popular with practitioner-researchers.
The patient’s own words are used, which avoids conflicts over diagnosis. This makes it especially useful for multidisciplinary care.
Validation studies have included patients of both orthodox and complementary practitioners
It’s simplicity, in terms of structure and scoring, makes it easy to chart the scores of individual patients over time. This makes it especially useful in case studies.
It is very responsive to change.
The first time that MYMOP is completed, the patient requires some structured guidance. This makes it unsuitable for postal administration on the first occasion.
It is problem specific. This makes it unsuitable for patients who cannot identify a ‘most important problem’. It also means that treatment effects that are not related to the chosen problem will not be measured, except as they effect wellbeing.
The seven-day timescale makes it unsuitable for infrequent episodic problems such as migraine and menstrual problems.
The individualised nature of MYMOP makes it unsuitable as a basis for economic evaluations.