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.3- 5 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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