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Int Surg. 2000 Oct-Dec;85(4):313-6.

Surgical outcomes research--a new paradigm for clinical research?

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Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Department of Surgery, St Joseph's Hospital, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. tandanv@fhs.csu.mcmaster.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To define outcomes research in terms of a paradigm, grouping six existing research methodologies.

BACKGROUND:

Although outcomes research is becoming an increasingly popular area in clinical research, an accepted definition is difficult to find. The term 'outcomes research' is often used in the context of a research methodology.

METHODS:

Topics in dinical research which have been termed 'outcomes research' are discussed including: databases, quality of life studies, effectiveness studies, economic evaluations, small-area rate variation analysis and volume outcome studies, as well as practice guideline development.

RESULTS:

Outcomes research is not a research methodology in its own right, but a paradigm which groups existing methodologies, providing a structured approach to evaluating the outcomes which are most important to patients, society and those who pay for health care.

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11589598
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