Research

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Overview of Research at COR

The Center for Outcomes Research (COR) is a multidisciplinary academic research center that employs rigorous outcomes research methodology to improve health and healthcare for both children and adults. The COR is the central outcomes research methodology resource for investigators at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania.  Outcomes research is population based health services research that seeks to study and optimize the end results of healthcare in terms of benefits to the patient individually and society as a whole. The intent of our research is to identify shortfalls and disparities in practice and to develop strategies to improve care.  Our ongoing research spans the areas of Methods in Outcomes Research, Neonatal and Perinatal Health Services, Racial Disparities in Health Outcomes, Health Economics, Health Policy and Cancer.  Improving health outcomes is a strategic goal of researchers, healthcare professionals, and policy makers alike, which places work in outcomes research at the forefront of public health and health care. 

COR is a dynamic center with strong links to academic institutions as well as clinical practices specializing in general pediatrics, neonatology, oncology, cardiology, emergency medicine, infectious disease, hematology, pulmonary medicine, anesthesiology, and critical care.  In addition, COR works closely with CHOP graduate student and fellowship training programs.  As a mixed methods research lab that works directly with numerous datasets, COR maintains its own server and employs seasoned systems analysts and statistical programmers that are well versed in Stata, SAS, and R programming. 

Our faculty and staff have ample experience with obtaining and working with large datasets from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) including but not limited to Medicare and Medicaid claims, Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) data, Provider of Serivce (POS) files, and Healthcare Cost Report Information System (HCRIS) files.  The COR group is also skilled at obtaining, cleaning, interpreting, analyzing, and managing data from Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER), Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS), Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), American Hospital Association (AHA), and US Census Bureau data, estimates, and projections.  COR faculty and staff also have familiarity with numerous state agencies and databases and have experience with pulling data from hospital electronic health records and creating unique data sets needed for individual projects.  The COR also has the ability to perform qualitative research and create qualitative datasets  by conducting focus groups and semi-structured interviews and interpreting results with Atlas.ti, a qualitative software program.   

Visit Publications for links to manuscripts which report the results of recently completed research projects.