About the Outcome Measure Repository (OMR)

The Outcome Measures Framework (OMF), first published in 2014, is a common, conceptual model for classifying the range of outcomes that are relevant to patients and providers across most conditions. The Outcome Measure Repository (OMR) tool is a software platform based on the OMF, designed for collection and display of information on outcome measures used in patient registries in a standardized way that supports searching for those measures.

This system contains outcome measure information intended to promote the use of standardized measures, as well as to facilitate both the identification of potential areas for harmonization and the process of measure harmonization.

The OMR data entry system allows for registry owners to provide information about the following:

  • Description - Measure title, description, disclaimers, source, source version/date, and endorsement status.
  • Measure Steward - Copyright information, organization name, email address, link to measure steward or outcome measure website.
  • Analytics - Level of analysis, timeframe, measure logic or numerator and denominator, improvement notation
  • Sub-Elements - Collection of elements that comprise the measure (e.g., ICD-10 diagnosis codes)
  • Validity - Publications describing the content validity, criterion validity, reliability, or sensitivity of the instrument in the target population
  • Measure Scoring - Methods integral to the measure
  • Data Sources - Data needed to implement the measure
  • Diseases/Conditions - Relevant diseases or conditions
  • Categories - Measure category (e.g., clinical response or patient-reported)
  • References - Measure reference citation or PubMed ID
  • Keywords - Relevant acronyms and related terms and phrases
  • Associated Registries - Registries using the measure

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has designed and deployed the OMR system to house a fully functional system to clearly define, and harmonize, outcome measures.

There are several ways to access information about using the OMR, including on the Frequently Asked Questions page and the Copying, Creating, and Managing Measure and Sub-Element Profiles page. Additionally, the detailed OMR Training Guide is available for download, which contains background information about the design of the OMR, information about how to create and maintain a user account, and step-by-step instructions for using the OMR.

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