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September 21, 2011

Advancing Research Data Infrastructure for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Navathe); Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Dr Navathe); and Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC (Drs Navathe, Clancy, and Glied).

JAMA. 2011;306(11):1254-1255. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1341

Patient-centered outcomes research, which aims to assist clinicians and patients in making informed decisions regarding prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, is essential for improving the delivery of quality health care. Much of patient-centered outcomes research relies on observational and quasi-experimental methods applied to data generated as a byproduct of providing care. While existing data sources have improved, there remain important data-related barriers to rapid, efficient research. Recent changes in the policy environment, coupled with significant technological progress, provide an opportunity to surmount some of these obstacles.