Second Edition of User’s Guide for Patient Registry Development Published by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


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Outcome Sciences,

Inc. today announced that the

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

(AHRQ) has published the second edition of, “Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User’s Guide,” a Federal publication that provides information on designing, implementing, and evaluating patient registries.

The second edition of the User’s Guide, which reflects the work of more than 80 contributors from government, academic and private sectors, includes:

    * New methodological developments;
    * Emerging topics in registry science, including updates on safety;
    * Technological advances; and
    * Operational examples and case studies from around the world.

Updates to the original 11 chapters from the 2007 version of the handbook are included, as well as four new sections:

    * Use of Registries in Product Safety Assessment
    * Planning for the End of a Patient Registry
    * Interfacing Registries and EHRs
    * Linking Registry Data

OUTCOME was selected by AHRQ in 2005 to lead the effort to create the patient registries guide. OUTCOME’s Drs. Richard Gliklich and Nancy Dreyer served as the guide’s senior editors and authors for several chapters. The second edition includes 38 case studies, which illustrate real-life challenges in the design and conduct of registries. Contributors came from industry, academia, and government, with representation from various agencies in the U.S., as well as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the U.K. The work was performed under contract to OUTCOME through its role as an AHRQ DEcIDE Research Center, a component of AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program.

The guide will be available in on AHRQ’s website (

) and will also be available in print.

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