The UCLA/VA Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) is a University-based group of academicians that supports high quality research efforts using a health services model. Members of the Center have published extensively in the fields of healthcare quality measurement, patient reported outcome (PRO) development, healthcare decision-making, and health economics.?
The Center is unique for maintaining a balance between academic clinical physicians with training in health services research and rigorously trained methodologists with advanced expertise across a wide range of content and research techniques. In this regard, the Center prides itself on applying cutting edge analytic techniques to practical, clinically oriented research projects that ultimately revolve around patients and their perspectives.
The Center emphasizes a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to research; its members routinely interact with social scientists, epidemiologists, health economists, psychometricians, biostatisticians, computer scientists, engineers and physicians throughout several medical specialties. This model allows the Center not only to marshal the energy of its principal members and collaborators, but also to draw upon the limitless resources offered by the extended research community of the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health, the RAND Corporation, and the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. In short, the Center is optimally positioned within a vast network of University-based and Federal resources to carryout high-level research in an efficient and effective manner. Through these collaborative efforts the Center designs and conducts clinically relevant research to measure the structure, process, and outcomes of health care across a broad spectrum of topics.
In addition to its focus on traditional health services research techniques, the Center is also developing new technological innovations to expand care outside of the provider visit, including use of patient-provider electronic portals to support clinical decision making in electronic health records example, use of social media as a clinical tool, and a range of wireless biosensors to track physiology remotely and in real time. The Center closely collaborates with the UCLA Wireless Health Institute to develop and test novel wearable devices for patients with acute and chronic illnesses, and with the UCLA Computing Technology Research Laboratory (CTRL) to develop cutting-edge e-portals to link patients with their providers. The Center also collaborates with information technologists at UCLA to create natural language processing (NLP) techniques for interpreting health data posted on social media sites.
The Center has fourteen principal members, collaborators, and staff, and also trains National Institute of Health (NIH) supported research fellow working within the CORE. The Center is supported by grants from the NIH, Veterans Administration, medical societies, and industry partners.
For more information about our work please visit our site at the UCLA Division of Digestive Diseases gastro.ucla.edu/core