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In the past 20 years, outcomes research has proliferated throughout the medical, academic, and health technology communities. But the definitions of outcomes research vary widely depending on who is conducting the research, or using the findings. The origins of outcomes research reach well into the 1960s and are rooted in the evaluation of the quality of medical care. The knowledge gained from outcomes research is critically needed to provide evidence about benefits, risks, and results of treatments to inform decision making by patients, providers, payers, and policy makers.

What is Outcomes Research?

The term outcomes research is a vague, nontechnical term that is used to describe a wide-ranging spectrum of medical care research today. Broadly stated, outcomes research seeks to understand the end results of particular healthcare ...

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