A Comprehensive Assessment Tool for Patient Registry Software Systems: The CIPROS Checklist

Methods Inf Med. 2015;54(5):447-54. doi: 10.3414/ME14-02-0026. Epub 2015 Sep 30.


Background: Patient registries are an important instrument in medical research. Often their structure is complex and their implementation uses composite software systems to meet the wide spectrum of challenges.

Objectives: For the implementation of a registry, there is a wide range of commercial, open source, and self-developed systems available and a minimal standard for the critical appraisal of their architecture is needed.

Methods: We performed a systematic review of the literature to define a catalogue of relevant criteria to construct a minimal appraisal standard.

Results: The CIPROS list is developed based on 64 papers which were found by our systematic review. The list covers twelve sections and contains 72 items.

Conclusions: The CIPROS list supports developers to assess requirements on existing systems and strengthens the reporting of patient registry software system descriptions. It can be a first step to create standards for patient registry software system assessments.

Keywords: Checklist; patient registry software system; technical requirements.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Checklist / standards*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic / standards*
  • Electronic Health Records / standards*
  • Guideline Adherence / standards
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / standards
  • Medical Record Linkage / standards
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Registries / standards*
  • Software / standards*