Benchmarking Outcomes That Matter Most to Patients: The Globe Programme

Andre G. Dias,1 *Charlotte J. Roberts,2 Jacob Lippa,1 Jason Arora,2 Mats Lundström,3 Ola Rolfson,4 Sarah T. Tonn1

1. International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement, Headquarters, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
2. International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement, Europe Office, London, UK
3. Department of Clinical Sciences, Opthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
4. Department of Orthopaedics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
*Correspondence to c.roberts@ichom.org

Disclosure: The authors have declared no conflicts of interest.
Acknowledgements: The GLOBE programme is funded by ICHOM, sponsoring organisations with contributors from ICHOM’s data partner, ICON. All seven authors contributed to the concept, content, and editing of this article.
Received: 01.11.16 Accepted: 21.02.17
Citation: EMJ. 2017;2[2]:42-49.

Abstract

Significant variation in health outcomes exists around the world. The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) has developed Standard Sets of outcomes for important medical conditions and populations to enable outcome measurement and comparision in order to understand variation and stimulate improvement. ICHOM has recently launched a prospective, non-interventional, observational pilot benchmarking programme. This article reviews the pilot methods, timelines, expected outputs, lessons learnt to date, and the next steps. We believe this programme is truly innovative as it will be the first global initiative in Standard Sets benchmarking, provider engagement, and risk-adjustment on the outcomes of care of most importance to patients. It has the potential to bring significant changes to compare the quality of healthcare and health systems around the world and ultimately to improve patient care.

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