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What is Outcomes Research?
Outcomes research explores the impact of health care on a disease process. Surgical diseases are perfectly suited for outcomes research because:
• It is easy to define “zero time.”
• Surgical procedures can be standardized.
• Surgical procedures are "easy" to observe and quantify.
• Surgery is geared towards results and improvement.
To improve access to and quality of care and to optimize clinical outcomes for patients with conditions which are treated with surgical procedures.
1. Build “human capital” by:
• Helping junior faculty develop into independent investigators
• Interesting residents and fellows in the field
• Adding to medical student education.
2. Obtain federal funding to support multidisciplinary research programs that deal with surgical conditions
• U01 and P01 type grants
• T32 training grants.
3. Contribute to the national quality improvement movement by facilitating local QI projects in surgery.
David Penson, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Center for Surgical Quality Outcomes Research; Professor of Urologic Surgery
Daniel Barocas, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Urologic Surgery