How we work – The Working Group approach
A patient-physician partnership
ICHOM takes a unique approach to defining health outcomes. First, we involve patients directly in the process. After all, they’re the ones who experience health outcomes first-hand. All of our patient representatives have been treated for the condition they are evaluating. Then we bring together leading physicians from across the globe who specialize in treating this condition. These physicians hold diverse perspectives and are pioneers in their respective countries. Finally, the ICHOM team facilitates as physicians and patients discuss – and agree upon – the outcomes that matter most to them.
A multidisciplinary approach
There’s usually more than one way to treat a condition. That’s why we involve a team with diverse perspectives. Our team includes physician leaders, patient advocacy members, registry leaders, and patients:
- Various treatment options
- Outcomes resulting from treatments
- Which health outcomes matter most to patients
- Speciality experts across multiple disciplines
Guided by international leaders
Our goal is to develop an ICHOM Standard Set of outcomes for physicians to refer to when treating patients.
Here’s why: A standardized approach helps us compare outcomes across cultures. Healthcare providers across different geographies manage their patients in different ways. We provide a platform for caregivers from different parts of the world to learn from each other and share best practices. We can even answer questions, such as:
- Which providers deliver the best outcomes?
- Why do providers in other nations achieve similar outcomes when they use vastly different treatments?
To create global health outcomes sets, we’re engaging experts spanning multiple continents.