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August 17, 2011

Real-world Imperative of Outcomes Research

JAMA. 2011;306(7):754-755. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1170

Outcomes research, with its focus on the experience of patients, is evolving as a core component of health care delivery.1,2 Pioneers such as Nightingale, Codman, and Wennberg established the promise of focusing on the end results of health care.35 However, as a still-emerging field, there is a need for clarity about the definition, scope, and goals of outcomes research (Figure).

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