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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.

Photo of Dr. Gerard F. Anderson, Ph.D.

Anderson, Gerard F., Ph.D.

Joint Appointment in Medicine
Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management
Research Interests: Chronic disease, Comparative insurance systems in developing countries, Health care spending, Medicare, Medical education, Healthcare payment reform, Technology diffusion
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Cooper, Lisa Angeline, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Health and Healthcare Equity
James F. Fries Professor of Medicine
Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity
Core Faculty, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Research Interests: Race/ethnic health disparities, Patient-centered care, Patient-Physician relationships and communication
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Daumit, Gail Lois, M.D., M.H.S.

Professor of Medicine
Joint Appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Research Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
Co-Chair, Institutional Review Board X
Research Interests: Health disparities, Access to and quality of primary medical care for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, Medical comorbidity, Epidemiology and prevention of comorbid disease in serious mental illness
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Diette, Gregory Bruce, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Research Interests: Environmental impacts on lung disease, Epidemiology of airway disease, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Asthma
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Moore, Richard Douglas, M.D.

Professor of Medicine
Research Interests: Epidemiology of substance abuse and alcoholism, Outcomes research in HIV treatment, Pharmacoepidemiology, Health services, HIV/AIDS: clinical epidemiology, costs, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes.
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Pollack, Craig Evan, M.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Oncology
Co-Director, General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program
Research Interests: cancer health services research, social network analysis, cancer screening, social determinants of health
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Robinson, Karen A., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Joint Appointment in Health Sciences Informatics
Director, JHU Evidence-based Practice Center
Joint Appointment in Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Joint Appointment in Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Research Interests: Health informatics, Evidence-based health care
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Segal, Jodi Beth, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness
Associate Director, Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Director, Pharmacoepidemiology Program
Research Interests: Comparative effectiveness research, Pharmacoepidemiology, Evidence synthesis, High-value healthcare
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Snyder, Claire, M.H.S., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine
Professor of Oncology
Program Director, Building Lifestyle, Outcomes, and Care Services Research in Cancer (BLOCS)
Research Interests: Cancer outcomes and health services research, Quality of medical care, Patient-reported outcomes assessment, Coordination of care, Quality of life
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Steinwachs, Donald M., Ph.D.

Joint Appointment in Medicine
Joint Appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Research Interests: Severe mental illness, Quality of care, Patient outcomes, Effectiveness of care systems, Evidence-based medicine, Integration of outcomes-management systems, Managed care, Access to care, Quality profiling, Management information systems (MIS)
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Wu, Albert Wilson, M.D.

Joint Appointment in Medicine
Joint Appointment in Surgery
Director, Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research

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