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Outcome Measures Framework (OMF)

Abstract Dec 6, 2019

Summary

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 developed the Outcome Measures Framework (OMF). The OMF is a conceptual model for classifying outcomes that are 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.

The OMF is designed to serve as a content model for developing harmonized outcome measures in specific disease areas. AHRQ assessed the feasibility of using the OMF for this purpose by developing standardized libraries of outcome measures in five clinical areas:

These condition areas represent diverse populations and care settings, different treatment modalities, and different levels of harmonization. For each clinical area, the relevant registries will be identified and registry sponsors, informaticists, and clinical subject matter experts will be invited to participate in a registry group that will focus on harmonization of outcome measures through a series of in-person and web meetings. A stakeholder group including payers, patient representatives, and health system leaders will be assembled to discuss challenges and provide feedback on the harmonization effort.

A key goal of this effort, which is supported by the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund, is to standardize the definitions of the components that make up the outcome measures, so that those using the measures can understand the level of comparability across different systems and studies. The resulting library of outcome measures will be made available for public comments and housed in the publicly available web-based Outcome Measure Repository (OMR) to facilitate the use of the harmonized measures across the spectrum of clinical care and reporting, including in EHRs, quality measures, and clinical research.

AHRQ is now leading a new initiative, again supported by the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund, to pilot test the standardized depression outcome measures. Learn more about the new effort to implement the depression outcome measures.

Learn more about the OMF by accessing completed reports and publications.

Project Timeline

Registry of Patient Registries (RoPR)

May 31, 2011
Topic Initiated
May 31, 2012
May 31, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
Dec 4, 2012
Jun 2, 2014
Sep 27, 2016
Mar 5, 2018
Mar 5, 2018
Feb 11, 2019
Dec 6, 2019
Dec 6, 2019
Abstract
Nov 30, 2020
Page last reviewed February 2020
Page originally created December 2017

Internet Citation: Abstract: Outcome Measures Framework (OMF). Content last reviewed February 2020. Effective Health Care Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
https://effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/products/registry-of-patient-registries/outcome-measures-framework

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