Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 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. For more information click here.

What is an Outcome Measure Repository?

At the most basic level, an outcome measure repository is a data collection tool or database that is used to collect sufficient information to characterize the types of outcome measures that are currently used in patient registries. The repository may be used for a variety of purposes including one or more of the following:

  • To support efforts to standardize outcome measures and to facilitate access to standardized outcome measures.
  • To display information related to outcome measures currently used in registries.
  • To reduce variation in outcome measures by employing both curation and natural language process techniques to identify commonly used definitions and support harmonized endpoints.
  • To develop standardized outcome measures by identifying areas of common ground where standards may be developed relatively quickly and areas that will require additional work.

How do the Search boxes work?

Text entered in the OMR Search boxes will be searched for across the entire content of the available Measure Profiles, including pre-defined data elements like the disease and condition options.

The Search boxes within the Home, Search and Structured Search tabs have type-ahead functionality which works on a single word. For example, entering dis will display values such as disease, diseases, disorder, discharge, etc. depending on the available content within the OMR. Free-text searches function with or logic. A search for rare disease will produce results which include either rare or disease. Profiles matching both words will be ranked with higher relevancy in the search results.

The Search box in the AHRQ banner does not search for content within the OMR. Instead, this field performs searches within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's website.

How do Filters work?

Filters, available under the Search tab, allow users to search on specific data elements available within a Measure Profile. Each drop-down menu displays the available data elements for each section, along with a number that reflects the number of Measure Profiles with that data element selected.

Filtered searches function with and logic. A search for a measure that uses (1) patient-level analysis and (2) administrative data will produce results that contain both of these criteria.

Filters can be applied for date ranges, for either First Created On or Last Updated On dates in MM DD YYY year format (e.g.;4 22 2012 for April 22 2012). First Created On indicates the date the measure profile was initially posted to the OMR; Last Updated indicates the date the Measure Profile was last modified.

Current Filter Selections, in the upper left corner of the Search tab, display all the filters criteria applied in the current search.

Filters can be removed by clicking the (x) next to each of the items listed under Current Selections. Click Clear All to remove all filter criteria. Any search term(s) entered in the Search box will be retained.

How does Structured Search work?

Selection values under the Structured Search tab function as described above for Filtered searches.

Free-text searching for specific fields allows for performing searches against only those fields for more precise results. Specific searchable fields include:

  • Measure Title
  • OMR ID
  • Organization Name

What do the fields on the Measure Profile mean?

Definitions for the OMR data elements are available by clicking the Data Field Help link, which is found at the bottom of the search pages or the Measure Profile. A Glossary of Terms, arranged by the data sections of a Measure Profile, may be found here.

Can I export or print from the OMR?

A single Measure Profile may be converted to a PDF document for print-out, or exported to an XML format. Use the Export button in the bottom left corner of the Measure Profile and follow the prompts in your browser to generate the PDF or XML as appropriate for your system.

Multiple search results may also be exported to either CSV (comma-separated values), PDF or XML formats. Options will include the ability to export the top single profile, the top 10 records, or all of the results. On the results listing, use the Export button below the filters and follow the prompts in your browser to generate the CSV, PDF or XML as appropriate for your system. Full records can only be exported in XML format. Shown fields can be exported in XML, CSV, or PDF formats.

How can I bookmark a Measure Profile?

To create a bookmark for a single Measure Profile, click the OMR Record Permanent Link. This will open a stand-alone page which you can bookmark according to the type of browser you are using.

Can I see the changes made to a Measure Profile?

Click the "History of Changes" link at the top of a Measure Profile to open a new window that shows before-and-after modifications between different releases of Measure Profile.

Can I compare multiple Measures Profiles?

You can compare Measure Profiles by indicating on the search results page which Measure Profiles you want to compare. To select a Measure for comparison, click the blue "compare" button to the right of the Measure title within the list of results. When a Measure is selected, the "compare" button will turn grey and the corresponding OMR ID will appear under "Compare Selections" at the bottom of the left sidebar.

You can select up to three Measures. Once you have selected your measures for comparison, click the "compare button" at the bottom of the left sidebar.

How can I list a Measure Profile on the OMR?

You can self-register on the Outcome Measure Repository (OMR) and enter all measure information manually. To register, navigate to the "Sign In" page and select "Create Account." Once registered, you can return to your "Outcome Measure Profile Finder" page to add a new measure or update an existing measure.

How do I contact the OMR team?

E-mail ropr@ahrq.hhs.gov with any questions.

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