CORC Collaborators in NHLBI Working Group Issue Outcomes Research Report

14 June 2005 - 19:49

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute working group on outcomes research in cardiovascular disease, co-chaired by Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Consortium members Harlan Krumholz and Eric Peterson and staffed by a number of other CORC colleagues, has just published its report in Circulation. The report is available for download here.

The working group identified these research priorities in outcomes research related to cardiovascular disease: (1) national surveillance projects for high-prevalence CV conditions; (2) patient-centered care; (3) translation of the best science into clinical practice; and (4) studies that place the cost of interventions in the context of their real-world effectiveness.

In addition, the group identified the following areas that are important to the field: (1) promotion of the use of existing data; (2) facilitation of collaborations with other federal agencies; (3) investigations into the basic science of outcomes research, with an emphasis on methodological advances; (4) strengthening of appropriate study sections with individuals who have expertise in outcomes research; and (5) expansion of opportunities to train new outcomes research investigators.

The working group concluded that a dedicated investment in CV outcomes research could directly improve the care delivered in the United States.

John Spertus, Director of CORC, commented: “This report will help shape the direction of cardiovascular outcomes research for the next several years. It also highlights the central position that CORC and its members have achieved in defining the scientific dimensions of this space.”


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