Australia is developing a national performance framework aimed at measuring health outcomes across the health system. Clinical registries provide a clinically credible means of monitoring health care processes and outcomes, yet only five Australian registries currently have national coverage. At a national level, clinical registry development should be prioritised to target conditions or procedures that are suspected of being associated with large variations in processes or outcomes of care and that impact significantly on health care costs and patient morbidity. Registries should also aim to capture information across care interfaces and to monitor the medium and long-term safety and effectiveness of specific devices, procedures and drugs.
©The Medical Journal of Australia 2011