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. 2018 Aug 3;15(8):1644.
doi: 10.3390/ijerph15081644.

Recommendations for Improving the Quality of Rare Disease Registries

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Recommendations for Improving the Quality of Rare Disease Registries

Yllka Kodra et al. Int J Environ Res Public Health. .
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Abstract

Rare diseases (RD) patient registries are powerful instruments that help develop clinical research, facilitate the planning of appropriate clinical trials, improve patient care, and support healthcare management. They constitute a key information system that supports the activities of European Reference Networks (ERNs) on rare diseases. A rapid proliferation of RD registries has occurred during the last years and there is a need to develop guidance for the minimum requirements, recommendations and standards necessary to maintain a high-quality registry. In response to these heterogeneities, in the framework of RD-Connect, a European platform connecting databases, registries, biobanks and clinical bioinformatics for rare disease research, we report on a list of recommendations, developed by a group of experts, including members of patient organizations, to be used as a framework for improving the quality of RD registries. This list includes aspects of governance, Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) data and information, infrastructure, documentation, training, and quality audit. The list is intended to be used by established as well as new RD registries. Further work includes the development of a toolkit to enable continuous assessment and improvement of their organizational and data quality.

Keywords: patient registry; quality; rare diseases.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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A framework for quality management of RD registries.
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Examples of Case Report Form module.

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