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UT Southwestern launches Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
Date:2/18/2014

DALLAS February 17, 2014 UT Southwestern Medical Center has been funded to establish a Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research that supports and conducts high-quality research comparing the outcomes and effectiveness of different strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor health conditions to improve patient care.

UT Southwestern's Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research will be part of a national network of seven institutions focused on patient-centered outcomes and comparative-effectiveness research aimed at improving patient care. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) is a relatively new field that assesses the benefits and harms of different preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, palliative, and health delivery system interventions to inform decision making, highlighting comparisons and outcomes that matter to people.

The UT Southwestern Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research will be funded through a $5 million, five-year grant from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). It will be led by Dr. Ethan A. Halm, Chief of the William and Gay Solomon Division of General Internal Medicine and Chief of the Division of Outcomes and Health Services Research in the Department of Clinical Sciences. The grant will expand the research infrastructure, databases, training programs, personnel, laboratories, and collaborative relationships needed to conduct successful patient-centered research.

"The best way to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care is to conduct rigorous studies that establish what works and doesn't work, for whom, and under what circumstances. Once this information is known, the next challenge is to understand how to most effectively deliver the right care, to the right person, in the right way, at the right time in the real world," said Dr. Halm, principal investigator of t
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Contact: Russell Rian
russell.rian@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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