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

he grant, and Professor of Internal Medicine and Clinical Sciences.

UT Southwestern's center will focus on conducting patient-centered outcomes research in underserved patients, populations, and settings, including those served by safety-net systems, the poor, racial and ethnic minorities, immigrant populations, and those lacking health insurance.

"We chose this focus because patients who are poor, part of minority populations, or lack insurance have worse health outcomes, and resource-limited health systems are most in need of strategies to deliver clinically effective and cost-effective care," Dr. Halm said. "Our projects will emphasize approaches that use electronic health records (EHRs) to identify those at high risk of poor outcomes and system-based outreach programs to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care to those most in need."

The Center will conduct three projects that harness data in the EHRs to:

  • Improve patient-centered outcomes for patients with advanced cancer.
  • Evaluate different strategies to increase screening for liver cancer in those with liver disease.
  • Test different computerized algorithms to predict the risk of hospital readmission.

The Center also will help facilitate other studies designed to ensure delivery of high-quality, patient-centered, evidence-based, equitable care.

"Another of our goals is to increase the number of faculty, fellows, and residents interested in investigative careers in this exciting new applied research discipline," Dr. Halm said. Therefore, the Center will be expanding shared research infrastructure and training opportunities for faculty and trainees interested in patient-centered outcomes and comparative effectiveness research. This expansion will include new research seminars and a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research track in the Masters of Science program.

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Contact: Russell Rian
russell.rian@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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