HCS Research Collaboratory's Health Relevance
The Health Care Systems (HCS) Research Collaboratory program is working to strengthen the national capacity to implement cost-effective, large-scale research studies where health care delivery organizations are research partners. Results from traditional clinical trials performed in controlled settings on a tightly defined group of individuals have limited relevance in real-world health care settings. The Collaboratory supports implementation of clinical trials called “pragmatic clinical trials,” which are conducted at the site of care with healthcare delivery organizations actively participating in the research.
This program is providing a framework of implementation methods and best practices to enable participation by many health care systems. These methods and practices are being honed within the context of pragmatic clinical trials, which measure the effectiveness of treatments in real-world settings. A Coordinating Center serves as the central resource for the guidelines and practices developed by the Collaboratory, which it distributes to the research community through a living textbook. The HCS Research Collaboratory also supports a series of pragmatic clinical trial demonstration projects that address questions of major public health impact. Information regarding whether the interventions improve health outcomes of patients will be broadly disseminated through a variety of mechanisms, including scientific and medical publications and on the Collaboratory website.
Current pragmatic trials supported by the program are investigating the following topics:
- Self-management skills for chronic pain
- Improving the rates of colorectal cancer screening
- Outreach mechanisms for suicide prevention
- Optimizing length of kidney dialysis sessions
- Methods for reporting spine imaging results to prevent unnecessary treatment
- Bathing techniques for patients to prevent MRSA infections
- Video education on advance care planning in nursing homes
- Using electronic health records to support integrative treatment of chronic diseases
- Care for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
This page last reviewed on December 7, 2017