Outcome DEcIDE Center
Outcome is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) DEcIDE (Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness) Research Center. As a component of AHRQ’s Effective Healthcare initiative, Outcome was selected to conduct accelerated practice studies about the outcomes, comparative clinical effectiveness, safety, and appropriateness of healthcare items and services.
The research centers are collectively known as the DEcIDE Network, part of the AHRQ’s Effective Healthcare Program. The program was authorized under Section 1013 of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003. The program is designed to help clinicians and patients determine which drugs and medical treatments work best for certain health conditions. Operating under strict procedures to guarantee privacy and security, the centers use de-identified data available through insurers, health plans, and other partner organizations to answer questions about the use, benefits, and risks of medications, devices, and other therapies.
Through Outcome’s role as a DEcIDE Center, the company was awarded the task order “Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes,” a project which led Outcome’s Drs Richard Gliklich and Nancy Dreyer as the principal investigators and senior editors to develop the landmark federal handbook “Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User’s Guide,” originally released in May 2007, with a second edition released in September 2010.
AHRQ has also selected the Outcome DEcIDE Center for a study designed to compare the effectiveness of medications versus surgery for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma. The study will enroll 2,600 patients from 30 sites across the United States from April 2011 through October 2012 and is intended to provide new scientific information about the effects of different treatment approaches in individuals who have glaucoma.
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Visit www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov to learn more about the AHRQ’s Effective Healthcare Program.