Different Paths, Same Destination: The Road to Harmonization

With a study of the size and scope of EvidenceNOW, there could have been ample opportunity for each of the different Cooperatives to travel their own routes towards discovery, leaving no window for national-level findings. That’s why ESCALATES, AHRQ and the Cooperatives dedicated themselves to data harmonization, from the very beginning. Here, they offer their personal perspectives and lessons learned.

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Bob McNellis, MPH, PA

Emphasizes the importance of harmonization and why it’s an AHRQ priority for EvidenceNOW

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Bijal Balasubramanian, MBBS, PhD

Quantitative Lead, ESCALATES, co-led the harmonization workgroup and attributes its success to open communication among members

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Michael Parchman, MD, MPH

 Says that without harmonization, EvidenceNOW could have ended up looking like the Seven Blind Men and an Elephant parable

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Donna Shelley, MD, MPH

Offers her Cooperative’s experience in the context of a national trend toward data harmonization

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Clinical Quality Outcomes

Practice Infrastructure

Practice Contextual Characteristics

Practice Capacity Outcomes

Practice Organization Characteristics

Intervention Implementation Measures