Select Core Measures: Data Collection

Steps to Selecting Core Measures for Data Collection

Identify measures

  • Identify measures for common conditions, such as diabetes. For diabetes, consider the following: glycemic control; intensive self-management support (diet, exercise, self-monitoring of blood glucose, foot care); cardiac risk reduction (smoking, aspirin, blood pressure, lipids); screening and management of complications (retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy).
  • Start with just a few measures. You can add more at a later time, when you have gained more experience with measuring performance.

Define desired outcomes

Set goals. What do you want the outcomes to be? For patients who have diabetes, you may want to consider a goal of improving HbA1c levels or blood pressure, or establishing a plan for self-management goals.

Plan changes

  • Start with small changes that will help you accomplish your goals.
  • Pilot changes that you plan to make before institutionalizing them in your practice. Doing this will allow you to make adjustments if your idea doesn't work as well as you thought it would.

What you will need

Schedule project meetings to discuss which core measures to start your project with. You can add more measures later, once you have gained more experience with measuring performance. Brainstorm what changes you will need to make in your practice to accomplish your goals.

Difficulty: Easy; requires analysis of appropriate measures

Outcome: Defined measures to start your data collection system

Time to Complete: One week