Significant variation exists in both the types and definitions of outcome measures used in patient registries, even within the same clinical area. This variation reduces the utility of registries, making it difficult to compare, link, and aggregate data across the spectrum of clinical care and reporting.
To address this variation, AHRQ has launched projects building on each other to develop harmonized outcomes and implement them in practice. These projects include:
- Outcome Measures Framework (OMF), a conceptual model for classifying outcomes relevant to patients and providers across most conditions. The OMF is intended to serve as a content model for developing harmonized outcome measures in specific disease areas.
- Standardized library of outcome measures.
- Implementation of standardized outcome measures for depression in registries and practice.