ORIGINAL ARTICLE: PDF OnlyPopulation-based Research Data as a Means To Address Health OutcomesSchraeder, Cheryl PhD; Shelton, Paul EdD; Britt, Teri RN, MS; Parker, Robert MD; Leonard, James MDAuthor Information Head, Health Systems Research Center, Carle Clinic Association, Mahomet, Illinois Research Analyst, Health Systems Research Center, Carle Clinic Association, Mahomet, Illinois Chief Executive Officer, Carle Clinic Association, Urbana, Illinois Associate Medical Director, Carle Clinic Association, Urbana, Illinois Journal of Ambulatory Care Management: October 1997 - Volume 20 - Issue 4 - p 39-46 Buy Abstract Health care restructuring efforts have been influenced by changes in pubic policy, payment mechanisms, and societal values. In today's environment, leading issues focus on quality and cost-effective care. Health care systems are moving from a concentration on structures and processes of care to an expanded view that encompasses the exploration, documentation, and improvement of patient outcomes. This article presents an overview of the domains of health outcomes, widely used surveys in the measurement of outcomes, methodological issues related to interpreting outcome measures, and trends for clinical practice and future research. © Williams & Wilkins 1997. All Rights Reserved.