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Outcomes Research

Outcomes research seeks to understand the end results of particular health care practices and interventions. End results include effects that people experience and care about, such as change in the ability to function. In particular, for individuals with chronic conditions—where cure is not always possible—end results include quality of life as well as mortality. By linking the care people get to the outcomes they experience, outcomes research has become the key to developing better ways to monitor and improve the quality of care. Supporting improvements in health outcomes is a strategic goal of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Outcomes research has altered the culture of clinical practice and health care research by changing how we assess the end results of health care services. In doing so, it has provided the foundation for measuring the quality of care. The results of AHRQ outcomes research are becoming part of the "report cards" that purchasers and consumers can use to assess the quality of care in health plans. For public programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, outcomes research provides policymakers with the tools to monitor and improve quality both in traditional settings and under managed care. Outcomes research is the key to knowing not only what quality of care we can achieve, but how we can achieve it. Several faculty members in Hopkins GIM are internationally recognized experts in outcomes research.  

Information about the faculty conducting outcomes research and their projects is provided below.

Gerard Anderson, PhD
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Director, Center for Hospital Finance and Management
Research Interests: Chronic disease
To see publication abstracts: PUBMED

Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, FACP
Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Behavior and Society
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research

Director, Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities
Research Interests: Health disparities in depression care, spirituality, physician-patient relationship and communication
To see publication abstracts: PUBMED

Gail Daumit, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research Interests: Mental illness, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia
To see publication abstracts: PUBMED

Gregory Diette, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine
Research Interests: Outcomes research in asthma and COPD
To see publications list in Collexis

Richard Moore, MD, MHSc
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Chief Exective Officer, Moore Clinic for HIV Care
Research Interests: Health services and outcomes research in HIV/AIDS
To see publication abstracts: PUBMED

Craig Pollack, MD, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, GIM Fellowship Program
Research interests: Cancer disparities, organization of cancer care, social determinants of health
To see publication abstracts: PUBMED         

Karen A. Robinson, PhD, MSc
Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management
Co-Director, Evidence-Based Practice Center, JHSPH
Research and professional interests: Evidence-based health care, health informatics
To see publication abstracts: PUBMED 

Jodi Segal, MD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management
Director, Pharmacoepidemiology Program
Co-Director, Hopkins DEcIDE Network of AHRQ
Co-Director, Hopkins AHRQ-NRSA Training Grant for Comparative Effectiveness Research
Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Evidence Based Practice Center of AHRQ
Research Interests: Pharmacoepidemiology, comparative effectiveness research including evidence based review, advanced methods for using observational data, evaluation of diagnostic tests, diabetes, venous thrombosis and blood disorders

Link to publication abstracts: PubMed

Sonal Singh, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine and International Health
Faculty member, Center for Public Health and Human Rights
Research Interests: Pharmaceutical outcomes research, drug safety, and pharmacoepidemiology
Link to publication abstracts: PubMed

Claire Snyder, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Oncology, and Health Policy and Management
Co-Chair, Johns Hopkins Cancer Outcomes & Health Services Research Interest Group
Research Interests: Quality of cancer care, patient-reported outcomes assessment, patient functioning and well-being, primary care for cancer survivors
To see publication abstracts: PubMed          

Donald Steinwachs, PhD
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Director, Health Services Research and Development Center
Co-Director, Center for Research on Services for Severe Mental Illness
Research Interests: Studies of medical effectiveness and patient outcomes, mental illness
To see publication abstracts: PUBMED
 
Albert Wu, MD, MPH
Professor of Health Policy and Management, Epidemiology, International Health, Medicine, and Surgery
Director, Johns Hopkins DEcIDE Center for comparative effectiveness research
Research Interests: Patient safety, comparative effectiveness research, patient-reported outcomes, quality of care, HIV
To see publication abstracts: PUBMED


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