Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2958


A registry is a  database and associated applications that collect a minimum dataset on a specified group of patients (often those with a certain disease or who have undergone a specific procedure), health professionals, organizations, or clinical trials. Registries can be used to explore and improve the quality of care or to support research; for example, to monitor long-term outcomes or rare complications of procedures.

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