Patient registries can help bridge the knowledge gap between how medical devices perform in optional situations studied in clinical trials and how they perform in routine practice over time. The third edition of the Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User's Guide includes a new, stand-alone chapter dedicated to medical device registries. Published in 2014 by the Agency for Patient Research and Quality, the guide is a widely used resource for the design and analysis of patient registries, or repositories of information collected outside of a clinical trial setting for a defined scientific purpose.

About the Author: Nancy Dreyer, MPH, PhD, Global Chief of Scientific Affairs and Senior Vice President, Real-World & Late Phase Research, Quintiles