The Saint Louis University Center for Outcomes Research develops and tests several measures of health care quality and develops strategies that yield rapid improvements in outcomes in the hopes of eliminating disparities in health care.
Health care quality is a broad concept with many important subdomains, including: effectiveness, safety, timeliness, patient centeredness, and efficiency. SLUCOR faculty and staff conduct research in a number of related specialty areas, including but not limited to:
- Preventable hospitalizations
- Public reporting and pay for performance strategies
- Medical home models of care
- Patient/customer satisfaction
- Quality of life measurement
- Chronic disease management
- Health plan benefit design
SLUCOR led analysis of 7 million hospitalizations used a methodology developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
to assess trends in preventable hospitalizations over a seven-year period in a Midwestern state. Preventable hospitalizations rates are a known indicator of quality of outpatient medical care available in the community.
Directors: Dr. Eric S. Armbrecht and Dr. Thomas E. Burroughs