What Makes for Successful Registry Implementation: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis

J Am Board Fam Med. 2017 Sep-Oct;30(5):657-665. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2017.05.170096.


Purpose: Registry implementation is an important component of successfully achieving patient-centered medical home designation and an important part of population-based health. The purpose of this study was to examine what factors are evident in the successful implementation of a registry in a selection of Colorado practices involved in quality-improvement activities.

Methods: In-depth, small-group interviews occurred at 13 practices. The data were recorded, transcribed, and qualitatively analyzed to identify key themes regarding elements of successful registry implementation. Key elements were described as conditions, then calibrated and analyzed using qualitative comparative analysis (QCA).

Results: The QCA revealed several formulas to successful registry implementation. Key conditions included the importance of Resources and Leadership along with either a Quality Improvement Mindset or a Key Person driving efforts (or both). Health System membership affected the specific formula.

Discussion: This study is innovative in that it examines which factors and in what combination are necessary for successful implementation of a registry. The findings have implications for primary care quality-improvement efforts.

Keywords: Adaptations; Implementation; Primary Health Care; Process; Registry.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Colorado
  • Humans
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Patient-Centered Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Primary Health Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quality Improvement*
  • Registries*