Health Care Delivery Research Program
The Health Care Delivery Research Program in the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery undertakes patient-centered research that focuses on the entire patient journey, not a single disease, test or treatment.
The program strives to develop, study, test, implement and ultimately share new models of patient-centered health care delivery. Through practice, study and research, the program works to find ways to improve patient care at an individual level in order to create positive patient outcomes.
The program's work is practice-based and aims to integrate clinical practice with the patient's community. Topics studied include health care access, use, disparities and adherence; comparative effectiveness; quality of care; the impact of policies on clinical practice (and vice versa); and the overall patient care experience.
Research in the Health Care Delivery Research Program's five focus areas will not only result in new insights, but also their translation into new models of affordable, effective, patient-centered health care.
The knowledge synthesis area works to summarize the available evidence on a particular topic. The Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery offers this service to Mayo's clinical practice to ensure that resources are not wasted pursuing questions that have already been answered elsewhere, as well as identify gaps in knowledge or implementation that Mayo can fill.
Knowledge synthesis greatly strengthens Mayo's ability to develop clinical guidelines based on evidence and best practices.
In this focus area, the program is implementing and evaluating patient-centered interventions in normal clinical practice settings.
This has the potential to improve the lives of people with chronic conditions to the extent that those conditions reflect the systemic defects of poorly integrated systems of care that do not adequately take into account patients' needs. Minimizing the burden of treatment and increasing the coping ability of patients will result in a more customized model of health care delivery that perfectly fits each patient.
Today, such work is taking place through the Shared Decision Making National Resource Center at Mayo Clinic, as well as in comparative effectiveness translational trials related to diabetes in the Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community. Through the use of design elements and visual tools, this area is creating and refining new approaches to engaging both clinicians and patients in decision making.
Behavioral and social science research
This area uses behavioral and social science methods to understand patient-centered health care; measure how such care is accessed, delivered and experienced; and study factors that enable or hinder the incorporation of innovations into routine clinical practice.
Methods used within this area include patient-reported outcomes, survey research and qualitative research. It's currently supporting a patient-reported outcomes project as part of the Southeastern Minnesota Beacon Community.
Health Care Delivery Scholars Research Program
To train the next generation of health services researchers, the Health Care Delivery Research Scholars Program offers mentored training opportunities in health services research to clinically trained doctoral-level fellows and junior faculty.
In addition to creating an academic home to nurture latent talent, the program is developing a unique cadre of clinician-researchers who are passionate about delivering the best health care to each patient.
Practice and policy analysis
In an effort to better understand how to create and measure value, this area models health care practice and policies while also evaluating their impact on patients, health care professionals, practices and systems.
Among other projects, it today supports the High-Value Health Care Collaborative, part of the center's Value Analysis Program. It also adds evaluation rigor to the other areas within the Health Care Delivery Research Program.
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