What is an Outcome?

An outcome means any result that a treatment can have. An outcome can be an improvement in a person’s health, but non-health outcomes also exist. For example, care giver burden, the ability to perform work or daily activities, or hospital episodes are all possible outcomes. We also consider costs as relevant outcomes, and consider healthcare costs (which are costs of treatment, drugs, etc) and non-healthcare costs (for example, not being able to work due to an illness).