Conducting Health Outcomes Research

Conducting Health Outcomes Research

From the preface: This book is in one way a continuation of an earlier set of efforts about outcomes research and in others a totally new work. We have previously published two editions of a multi-authored text, Understanding Health Outcomes Research. When I was asked to consider a third edition, I opted to dramatically change the format and the content. I teamed with my colleague, David Radosevich, who has been teaching the course on outcomes research with me at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, to write a jointly authored text that would approach this topic afresh. The current text, Conducting Health Outcomes Research, is based on our collective experience teaching this material to a diverse group of students with varying degrees of clinical and epidemiological backgrounds. At the same time, a lot has changed. Evidence-based medicine has become the holy grail of medical care. Comparative effectiveness research has begun to blossom. There is a greater than ever need for such a text. We have tried to make the book more practical but readily acknowledge that in many instances we draw heavily on the work of earlier chapter authors. We have acknowledged that work whenever appropriate.

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